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  • n. Plural form of jack-knife.


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  • Then a third man came right in the same door and said, “Do you keep jack-knives?”

    Acres of Diamonds

  • Then another farmer would come in and say, “Do you keep jack-knives?”

    Acres of Diamonds

  • But this did occur many times, friends: A man would come onto the store, and say to me, “Do you keep jack-knives?”

    Acres of Diamonds

  • A tiny brick-floored room, half underground, with wine-sodden tables, and a photograph of a funeral inscribed ‘CREDIT EST MORT’; and red-sashed workmen carving sausage with big jack-knives; and Madame F., a splendid

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • Lying swathed in these pungent and peppery vapours, I played through my hours and days, my bed piled high with beads and comics, pressed flowers, old cartridges, jack-knives, sparking-plugs, locusts, and several stuffed linnets.

    Cider With Rosie

  • Snipe happened to be occupying one of the lower bunks, so we started there to cut the hole in the floor -- we had only a couple of old jack-knives to work with -- but after we got through the floor, we did the digging with our hands.

    Into the Jaws of Death

  • In many instances jack-knives, stones and glass were used if hammers, planes and saws could not be obtained.

    Home Missions in Action

  • Lecour remained, and shouldering a pedlar's pack, plodded about the country selling red handkerchiefs, sashes, and jack-knives to the peasantry.

    The False Chevalier or, The Lifeguard of Marie Antoinette

  • Never so long as ship's biscuits continue to buckle the jack-knives of British seafarers will there be another weevil like Mnemosyne.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 153, December 26, 1917

  • The great barn with its huge beams and fragrant mows of hay -- the sparkling brook whose shining shallows bathed my naked feet -- the broad meadow with its fence corners of luscious berries -- the old schoolhouse, whose desks are impressed with generations of jack-knives!

    New York at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis 1904 Report of the New York State Commission

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