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- n. One whose trade is the sharpening of knives on a grindstone.
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A gentleman may be a rogue; and a knifegrinder may be a philosopher and philanthropist.
N.B. If Canning in his Eton days immortalised sapphically a knifegrinder, why shouldn't a young Carthusian similarly celebrate his gingham?
(a) Human: his two wives, his three friends, viz. sons of the prime minister, chief constable, and richest merchant (varied as barber); his three friends — knifegrinder, blacksmith, carpenter; his half-brother by ogress stepmother; his three friends — a goldsmith, a carpenter and his parrot; one friend: of heroine, two girls.