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- n. A compact folding knife.
- n. The front-dive pike, in which the body folds and unfolds.
- n. A semi-trailer truck accident in which the vehicle mimics the closing of a jack-knife.
- n. Alternative spelling of jackknife.
- v. To fold in the middle, as a jackknife does.
- v. To cause a semi-trailer truck to fold like a jackknife in a traffic accident.
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Quirk: "Keeps his cigars in the coal-scuttle, his tobacco in the toe end of a Persian slipper, and his unanswered correspondence transfixed by a jack-knife into the very centre of his wooden mantelpiece."
A centauroid body atop seven sharp-jointed legs, with a pair of jack-knife arms held curled and ready.
Wriggling close to the hawser, he opened his jack-knife and went to work.
Low and behold I find an old style camping jack-knife from my Boy Scout days with a ring on it collecting dust in my sock drawer.
"Bub" Russell, the cabin boy, is taken aboard the Russian cruiser and in the darkness lays down near the hawser and works on it with a jack-knife.
When he is gone she has dreams of his plane crashing, of an unavoidable jack-knife in the fog of Highway 101, of Ted trying to call her with bloody hands, his legs already mangled by a head on collision.
"Oh the shark has pretty teeth dear, And he shows them pearly white - Just a jack-knife has Macheath dear - And he keeps it out of sight."
It would have been my duty to have furnished a jack-knife to the third, man or to the second, and to have sold it to him and actually profited myself.
That meant being unable to beg off attending, by claiming I was perfecting my jack-knife at the city pool.
Hey, if Spitzer's wife wants to shoot him, or perform a bit of surgery with a rusty jack-knife and no anesthetic, fine by me.