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 Position the carpet over a flat piece of scrap wood, and use the utility knife or a carpet cutter to cut along the line. Timothy Dale, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 July 2024 If plastic wall anchors are left, slice the plastic off flush with the wall, using a sharp utility knife. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2024 In that incident, officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call after the caller reported that her stepfather seemed to be hurting himself with a utility knife and lighting items on fire inside a storage shed, according to police. Madeline Nguyen, The Arizona Republic, 16 Feb. 2024 To cut the tile, score with a utility knife, then snap it apart with your hands or with pliers. Sarah Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for utility knife 

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of utility knife was in 1946

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“Utility knife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utility%20knife. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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