\ ˈshiv How to pronounce shiv (audio) \

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watch yourself in Cell Block 8, or you'll end up with a shiv in your back
Recent Examples on the Web The shiv that Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott stuck in the back of the 2020 Showdown feels more like the middle of a row of falling dominoes, as opposed to the end. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Keeler: Can CSU Rams survive losing 2020 Rocky Mountain Showdown?," 18 July 2020 Maybe someone in his camp can gently give him a shiv. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "'Why should we believe him?': Bette Midler accuses Trump of lying about negative coronavirus test," 16 Mar. 2020 The officer called for help as Brooks stabbed Little, who was also armed with a shiv and fought back., "Jail where ‘Whitey’ Bulger was killed has little accounting for deaths - The Boston Globe," 27 Oct. 2019 Crawford’s throat was slashed with a homemade knife, known as a shiv or shank., "Jail where ‘Whitey’ Bulger was killed has little accounting for deaths - The Boston Globe," 27 Oct. 2019 That brings us to the second shiv into Medicare buried in the executive order. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trump’s plan to ‘save’ Medicare would actually destroy it," 4 Oct. 2019 Blunderbuss, shiv or photon torpedo Perhaps the simplest way to attack a satellite is to hit it with a missile from Earth. The Economist, "Attacking satellites is increasingly attractive—and dangerous," 18 July 2019 When her character Anne Montgomery leans in, look out for a shiv. Amy Nicholson, Town & Country, "What/If Made Renée Zellweger "Uncomfortable" And She Loved It," 24 May 2019 On Wednesday, Pedro Damien Gonzalez Iglesias walked up to an agent’s marked vehicle near the border in San Ysidro and threatened him with a makeshift plastic shiv, according to the complaint. Kristina Davis,, "Two arrested in separate assault attempts on Border Patrol agents," 12 May 2018

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First Known Use of shiv

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shiv

alteration of chiv, of unknown origin

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“Shiv.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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