Definition of switchblade
: a pocketknife having the blade spring-operated so that pressure on a release catch causes it to fly open —called also switchblade knife
Recent Examples of switchblade from the Web
Prosecutors said Jacob Blum was lying in a bed in the room watching a movie when Curtis attacked him, stabbing him once in the chest with a switchblade.
During the stop, Souza attempted to conceal a switchblade knife while sitting in the car atop two bags of methamphetamine, according to court records.
He was charged there in February 2015 after being found with a switchblade knife while stopped on the side of a road.
Enter Shia LaBeouf, channeling a puppylike version of Marlon Brando from The Wild One, who shows up on a motorcylce as switchblade-wielding teen rebel Mutt Williams.
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First Known Use of switchblade
SWITCHBLADE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of switchblade for English Language Learners
: a knife that has a blade inside the handle which springs out when a button is pressed
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