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

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Authorities said Cedeno stabbed McCree and Laboy with a switchblade as about 15 to 20 other students watched. NBC News, "Student who fatally stabbed classmate in NYC high school sentenced to 14 years in prison," 10 Sep. 2019 Then James Jordan took out his switchblade and tore the animal apart. . . Evan Allen, BostonGlobe.com, "The twisted, fatal journey of the accused Appalachian Trail killer," 25 May 2019 Officers also found a 4-inch switchblade in Duran's waistband, which a previous felony conviction prohibited him from having. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Man accused of stealing car with 5-year-old child inside at Sky Harbor Airport," 10 June 2019 While in police custody, MacAndrews was found in possession of a switchblade knife and drug paraphernalia, police said. Pioneer Press Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Park Ridge police: Passenger disappears without paying $53 cab fare," 7 June 2019 There were switchblades and scissors on top of all the windowsills. Crystal Ponti, Harper's BAZAAR, "What It's Actually Like To Be Stalked by Joe," 12 Feb. 2019 That should invite challenges to New York’s bans on other weapons, including switchblades, gravity knives, brass knuckles and slingshots. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Right to Bear Nunchucks," 23 Dec. 2018 These stunning miniatures are like bonsai trees pruned with a switchblade. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Year in the Life of a Short Story," 28 Dec. 2018 Fazeli fled the scene, but was arrested a short time later on charges of felony assault, criminal threats, brandishing a weapon and possession of a switchblade. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "California GOP House candidate used campaign sign to protect himself from knife attacker, investigator says," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of switchblade

1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of switchblade was in 1932

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English Language Learners Definition of switchblade

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

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