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

Examples of utility knife in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Forged from ultra-durable 3CR13 stainless steel, these Sukasu Osami blades—a chef’s knife, a utility knife, and a paring knife—make short work of even the toughest ingredients meal after meal. Popular Science, "Celebrate the 10.10 Shopping Festival with these 10 amazing deals," 12 Oct. 2020 The utility knife, meanwhile, cut easily through apples and avocados, but wasn’t quite as sharp as the paring knife. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best kitchen knife sets of 2020," 17 Sep. 2020 Next, take a sharp utility knife and score a line around the perimeter of the protruding head of the tee. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Common Home Repairs You Can Do on Your Own," 25 Aug. 2020 To fix a popped nail or screw, start by twisting the tip of a utility knife into the wall to carve away the joint compound from the fastener head. Joseph Truini And Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Drywall: Common Ways to Fix Damaged Walls," 18 Aug. 2020 Once the piece is applied, use a straightedge and utility knife to trim around the obstacle and remove the excess. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Apply Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper for Long-Lasting Results," 6 Aug. 2020 Remove the drywall on the remaining side of the outline by using a utility knife to cut down the center of the stud. Joseph Truini And Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Drywall: Common Ways to Fix Damaged Walls," 18 Aug. 2020 If any air bubbles remain, use the tip of your utility knife or a pin to create a small hole in the middle of the bubble. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Apply Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper for Long-Lasting Results," 6 Aug. 2020 First, take a five gallon bucket and cut the bottom out with a utility knife, being careful not to slice your fingers in the process. Scott Yorko, Smithsonian Magazine, "How to Build a Sandcastle," 28 July 2020

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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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2 Nov 2020

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“Utility knife.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utility%20knife. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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