switchblade

noun
switch·​blade | \ ˈswich-ˌblād How to pronounce switchblade (audio) \

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

Examples of switchblade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Standing at the entryway of the building, the master of macabre rock pulled out a switchblade and sliced a strip of black tape to inaugurate the new attraction. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 24 Sep. 2021 Alabama’s, when a hero who defended himself and his pregnant wife against a redneck with switchblade is sentenced to 7-10 years in prison. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 29 June 2021 The video is brief but disturbing: Moments after two Seattle police officers kick down an apartment’s front door, a shirtless man appears on camera, lumbering slowly toward them with a 4-inch switchblade in his hand. NBC News, 22 Apr. 2021 He was also arrested and convicted for his role in a fight at a Wisconsin bar in 2014, in which Diamond stabbed another bar patron in the armpit with a switchblade. NBC News, 1 Feb. 2021 He was also arrested and convicted for his role in a fight at a Wisconsin bar in 2014, in which Diamond stabbed another bar patron in the armpit with a switchblade. NBC News, 1 Feb. 2021 Timothy Darrell Hewitt, 49, was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty resulting in death, possession of a switchblade knife and brandishing a deadly weapon in the Friday night attack. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2021 He was also arrested and convicted for his role in a fight at a Wisconsin bar in 2014, in which Diamond stabbed another bar patron in the armpit with a switchblade. NBC News, 1 Feb. 2021 Raccoon's clue package shows a switchblade knife on a sink. Jillian Sederholm, EW.com, 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of switchblade

1932, in the meaning defined above

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3 Oct 2021

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“Switchblade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switchblade. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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switchblade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of switchblade

: a knife that has a blade inside the handle which springs out when a button is pressed

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