utility knife

noun

Definition of utility knife

: a knife designed for general use a chef's utility knife specifically : a cutting tool having a sharp replaceable blade that can be retracted into a usually metal handle

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The men all started arguing, Peach said, and the truck driver quickly pulled out a utility knife and started cutting the other men. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "Driver cuts three men, himself with knife during road rage incident in Dundalk, Baltimore County police say," 17 Sep. 2019 Step 5: Allow the veneer tape to cool for a few minutes, trim the edges with a utility knife, and sand the panels and edging. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Your Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Platform Bed Frame," 30 Aug. 2019 Score the excess with a utility knife, then snap off the excess shim material. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Need To Know: The Life-Changing Power of Shims," 9 Nov. 2018 Banks' frame at six feet and 207 pounds makes him a difficult target to bring down after the catch and allows him to be a utility knife of sorts for any offense. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "North Shore receiver Shadrach Banks verbally commits to Texas A&M," 1 Aug. 2019 This isn't your typical utility knife – this baby is designed especially for foodies. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "19 Inexpensive Father's Day Gifts Your Dad Will Actually Want," 4 June 2019 The Stanley 99 is a classic example of the less-is-more industrial design that makes utility knives great. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Stanley Made a Lightweight Plastic Utility Knife. So Is It Any Good?," 14 Nov. 2018 Use a straightedge and utility knife to cut between the points, forming a notch in each pocket. Jeremy Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make a Leather Wallet," 20 Aug. 2018 Stanley’s new Fat Max plastic utility knives are not pitched specifically as box openers, but that’s their most obvious use. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Stanley Made a Lightweight Plastic Utility Knife. So Is It Any Good?," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of utility knife

1946, in the meaning defined above

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utility knife

noun

English Language Learners Definition of utility knife

: a knife designed for general use especially : a cutting tool with a blade that can be pushed completely back into its handle

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