pock·​et·​knife | \ˈpä-kət-ˌnīf \

Definition of pocketknife 

: a knife that has one or more blades that fold into the handle and that can be carried in the pocket

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The unidentified attendant took out a pocketknife and stabbed Jones in the stomach in self-defense, police said. Lauren Foreman, ajc, "Ex-Uber Eats driver charged after fight with parking attendant," 23 Apr. 2018 Attendants cleaned the aisles and the toilets, and offered key chains, pens and pocketknives for sale. New York Times, "For a 90-Minute Game, a Train Ride of 27 Hours," 26 June 2018 Alex Sardinas, 35, of Tavernier apparently forced his way into the Florida Keys residence using a pocketknife, said deputies, who charged him with assault, burglary and theft. Tiffini Theisen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida man breaks into former residence, threatens to kill occupants, steals pulled pork sandwich: report," 21 June 2018 With resourcefulness that would put MacGyver to shame, a pregnant Tennessee woman used YouTube, an electric kettle, a pocketknife and shoelaces to deliver her own son in a foreign hotel room. Michelle Ewing, ajc, "Tennessee mom delivers own baby in Istanbul hotel room using YouTube, pocketknife, shoelaces," 1 May 2018 The woman grabbed a nearby pocketknife to try and defend herself, but Douglas disarmed her, slashing her hand and causing a wound that would later require stiches, authorities said. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "New Orleans man stalked, beat and raped ex-girlfriend: JPSO," 23 May 2018 By having a pocketknife on him at all times, my father had his own do-it-yourself solution for a multitude of daily tasks. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Carry a Pocketknife With You Every Day," 25 Jan. 2017 Freeman quickly sterilized her pocketknife and used it to cut the umbilical cord after finding a WikiHow page through Google, then breastfed her newborn, cleaned up the bathroom, and went to sleep a mother. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Tenn. Woman Who Thought She Had Food Poisoning Delivers Own Baby in Turkish Hotel Using YouTube," 26 Apr. 2018 Clipps said the woman pulled out a pocketknife and demanded his belongings, according to the reports. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "Convicted Cleveland rapist choked woman until she passed out, raped her, police say," 22 Feb. 2018

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1676, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pocketknife

: a small knife that has one or more blades that fold into the handle


pock·​et·​knife | \ˈpä-kət-ˌnīf \
plural pocketknives\ -​ˌnīvz \

Kids Definition of pocketknife

: a small knife that has one or more blades that fold into the handle

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