from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as griffe, 3.
  • noun A box used for holding knives.


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  • A benevolent, elderly gentleman of the last century, with a powdered head, kept guard, in oil and varnish, over a most perplexing piece of furniture on a table; in appearance between a driving seat and an angular knife-box, but, when opened, a musical instrument of tinkling wires, exactly like

    The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices

  • Sir Walpole Crawley is looking from its black corner at the bare boards and the oiled fire-irons, and the empty card-racks over the mantelpiece: the cellaret has lurked away behind the carpet: the chairs are turned up heads and tails along the walls: and in the dark corner opposite the statue, is an old-fashioned crabbed knife-box, locked and sitting on a dumb waiter.

    Vanity Fair

  • Then she went to the knife-box and got a knife; and then she took a yellow dish from the dresser, and sat down in her arm-chair, and began to pare the apples.

    The Apple Dumpling and Other Stories for Young Boys and Girls

  • They could not make out how the handle was put on, so their aunt went to the knife-box and got out an old knife that had lost its handle.

    Chambers's Elementary Science Readers Book I

  • Then she went to the cupboard and got a plate, and then to the knife-box and got a knife; then she took the fork from the mantelpiece, and drew her arm-chair close up to the table, and sat down in it, and cut off a piece of the dumpling, and put it on her plate.

    The Apple Dumpling and Other Stories for Young Boys and Girls

  • On it stood a tea-caddy of mahogany, a knife-box, and several silver boxes.

    Polly's Business Venture

  • I put 'em here in the knife-box, and they are gone!

    The Channings

  • He put them into a knife-box, he says, and this morning they are gone.

    The Channings

  • "I have not been near your knife-box; I have not put my foot inside the door."

    The Channings

  • I placed 'em safe in the knife-box last night, and they're gone this morning.

    The Channings


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