pock·​et·​knife | \ ˈpä-kət-ˌnīf How to pronounce pocketknife (audio) \

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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Take an empty 12-ounce can and, using a box cutter or pocketknife, cut away all but the bottom 2 or 3 inches of the first can, preserving the base. Outside Online, "5 Ways to Impress Your Friends at the Campsite," 25 July 2019 Seki City, Japan, and Solingen, Germany, are cutlery contenders, but especially for pocketknives, sporting and utility blades, Portland is the world leader. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Why Portland, Oregon, is the Knife-making Capital of the U.S.," 25 May 2019 After a brief physical altercation, the male fled on a bike with medication and two pocketknives. Washington Post, "Loudoun County crime report," 22 July 2019 And Edwin Edwards married a pocketknife wit to a mellifluous accent redolent of the French-speaking countryside, a combination that earned him four terms in office but could not keep him out of federal prison. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "In Louisiana, Messaging During Storms Carries Big Political Weight," 15 July 2019 Simmons jumped through the window, pulled out a pocketknife and cut the 6-year-old boy free. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Video shows Chick-fil-A worker jumping through window to save choking boy," 28 June 2019 Adams used his pocketknife to stab the teen in the back and slit his throat, the records show. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "'Elijah did nothing wrong:' Maricopa County attorney says public should focus on the victim," 11 July 2019 He was followed inside by 27-year-old Michael Paul Adams, who approached the teen from behind and allegedly stabbed him with a pocketknife and slit the boy’s throat before fleeing the scene. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A black teenager was listening to rap music. A white man allegedly killed him for it.," 9 July 2019 Surveillance footage obtained by AZCentral shows Adams following Al-Amin into a store and then lunging to attack him with a pocketknife. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "#JusticeForElijah: White Man Kills Black Teen Over Rap Music," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of pocketknife

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 How to pronounce pocketknife (audio) \
plural pocketknives\ -​ˌnīvz \

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

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