safe-edge file

noun

: a file that is left uncut on at least one edge and used for filing near a corner so as not to cut the surface at right angles

Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of safe-edge file was in 1893

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“Safe-edge file.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/safe-edge%20file. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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