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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An inexpensive, one- or two-bladed pocketknife.

Etymologies

After Barlow, the family name of its makers, two brothers in Sheffield, England.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "While improvising a fishing pole for Katya from a willow sapling, I cut deep into the ball of my thumb with my barlow pocketknife, and I made a fuss about that."
    Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier, p 42

    February 7, 2011