\ ˈshiv How to pronounce shiv (audio) \

Definition of shiv

: knife

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Synonyms for shiv


blade, cutter, knife, shank [slang]

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Examples of shiv in a Sentence

watch yourself in Cell Block 8, or you'll end up with a shiv in your back

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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 In addition to the 10-inch machete, Budier-Herrara also had a container of pepper spray and a makeshift shiv with a plastic handle and razor blades attached by duct tape, police say. miamiherald, "Man with machete tries to take kid from mom at Walmart, then tries to take a 2nd kid, Louisiana police say | Miami Herald," 26 Mar. 2018 Trumpcare received a dramatic eleventh-hour shiv from Sen. John McCain, the beneficiary of one of Trump’s most vicious attacks. Scott Pilutik, Slate Magazine, "When Cops Join the Resistance," 30 July 2017 Then Greenwood lets loose a spiking shiv of a solo over a one-two-three punch rhythmic start-stop. William Goodman, Billboard, "Listen: Radiohead's 11 Best Guitar Songs," 14 June 2017 In this time of intense partisanship, shiv-in-the-kidney politics and squabbles over the meaning of truth, can Americans come together and agree that a politician slamming a journalist to the ground for asking a question is wrong? Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, "A Journalist Was Body Slammed, but Some Conservatives Want the News Media to Apologize," 25 May 2017 Your elbows are jagged shivs, so clothes can be a problem, and shower curtains are a complete horror show. Max Lakin, The New Yorker, "Body Types Represented by New Dove Bottles," 23 May 2017 His speech had a lot of corny jokes, but that was just Mr. Zuckerberg’s way of hiding the shiv. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "Why Facebook Keeps Beating Every Rival: It’s the Network, of Course," 19 Apr. 2017

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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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The first known use of shiv was in 1915

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