utility knife


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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Some cooks prefer to substitute a 5-inch utility knife (or up to 7 inches, depending upon the size of your hand) that can perform a paring knife’s tasks, but can also be used for slicing fruits, vegetables, and cheeses. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How To Buy Kitchen Knives Like a Pro," 24 Oct. 2018 First, use a utility knife and a putty knife to cut and scrape away the old caulk. Brett Martin, Popular Mechanics, "8 Home Repairs You Should Never Put Off," 12 Sep. 2017 Armstrong self-adhesive vinyl floor tiles (starting at $1 a square foot, armstrong.com) can be cut to fit with a utility knife. Good Housekeeping, "Easy Bathroom Upgrades," 6 Feb. 2012 Step 2: Use a sharp utility knife to slit each pool noodle down its center. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Build This Floating Ping Pong Table," 28 June 2018 Milwaukee Tool has recently jumped into the utility knife field with their Hardline knives. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Carry a Pocketknife With You Every Day," 25 Jan. 2017 Littlefield had a trusty utility knife, and the door possessed a thin section of partitioning that could be pried up by the workings of a blade. Paul Collins, BostonGlobe.com, "What lies in the lab: The gruesome murder at Harvard that transfixed New England," 11 July 2018 Clothing, glasses, cash, utility knife and driving gloves were reported stolen June 23 from an unlocked 2014 BMW parked in the 7800 block of Cortland Avenue. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, "Elmwood Park and River Grove police reports," 6 July 2018 On one of the short ends of the raft (or the flat area that is at least two inches long), about half an inch in from the end of the raft, take a utility knife and carefully cut out a square about one inch by one inch in size. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Surface Tension Science: Build a Raft Powered by Soap," 26 June 2014

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First Known Use of utility knife

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of utility knife was in 1946

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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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