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

Examples of utility knife in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nic Cage, looking objectively like hell, plunges his utility knife into the mossy ground and brings the soil to his mouth. Bon Appétit, 2 Sep. 2021 But this utility knife can do pretty much everything else. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appétit, 22 July 2021 If all this still isn’t quite enough to convince you of this utility knife’s, well, utility, consider that the 99 is still constructed here in America and costs about $5. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 18 Mar. 2021 If there's hair wrapped around it, carefully cut it away with scissors or a utility knife. Catie Parrish, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 June 2021 The Messermeister Kawashima utility knife perfectly epitomizes its name. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appétit, 22 July 2021 For parents only: Use a sharp utility knife to slit each pool noodle down its center. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 17 July 2021 Use a utility knife and carefully cut the plywood sheet into each arch piece. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, 13 July 2021 After, trim the excess wallpaper with a utility knife. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, 13 July 2021

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First Known Use of utility knife

1946, in the meaning defined above

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“Utility knife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utility%20knife. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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