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  • proper n. A utility knife, usually with a short, sharp, disposable blade mounted on a pen-like body, usually for crafts and hobbies. Also X-Acto knife.


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  • Fancy thought about stabbing it with one of the X-Acto knives strewn irresponsibly around the room.

    Slice Of Cherry

  • The man reached across the table, picked up the X-Acto knife.

    Gideon’s war

  • "From 1,700 frames they cut out images with X-Acto knives," Mr. Bonomo said.

    When Video Frightened the Radio Star

  • Before Control was released, a record company executive told me how he ordered the art director to take an X-Acto knife and slim down my image on the cover.

    True You

  • This is why, two decades later, we still have the same designs, meticulously drawn onto graph paper and cut out with an X-Acto knife, kept in the same, yellowed folder, "Jul" marked in red pen on the outside.

    Anna Brones: The Magic of Swedish Gingerbread Cookies

  • Which is why I carry the note over to the self-healing mat at the back of the room and use an X-Acto knife to cut each word out in a precise, tiny rectangle.

    Ten Miles Past Normal

  • Email a copy of 'Emancipation by X-Acto.' to a friend

    Indexed » Blog Archive » E-Mail » Emancipation by X-Acto.

  • Though Pichette professed to hate headlines about him such as “The Axman Comes to Google,” his charter was indeed to do some trimming, albeit, perhaps with an X-Acto knife instead of an ax.

    In the Plex

  • Then he carves them out with a No. 11 X-Acto knife and glues them to a piece of white paper.

    The Reigning Prince of Pop-Up Books

  • Ms. Song used an X-Acto knife to cut a zebra from heavy black paper, to be scanned into the computer and replicated so that two zebras would be this-close to kissing over a gold heart.

    Stationery Lovers Find One True E-Valentine


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