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  • n. Alternative spelling of paperknife.


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  • “In those days a red scarf, a long cloak, a big hat with a plume stolen from a bonnet, a paper-knife dagger, a scrap of tinsel from a button card, a little gold paper for royalty, tissue paper stretched on wire hoops for fairy wings, produced superb effects.”

    Louisa May Alcott

  • Lightly armed with a paper-knife buttoned up under his jacket, and waving the dreaded black flag at the end of a cane, the colonel took command of me at two P.M. on the eventful and appointed day.

    A Holiday Romance

  • He had let the paper-knife fall at his feet, a malachite blade with gold mounting, which he had used to cut the leaves of the book.

    The Magic Skin

  • The public prosecutor took up his paper-knife and tapped it against the edge of the table with one of the tricky movements familiar to thoughtful men when they give themselves up to meditation.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • I had caught up the letter, and stood near the candle to soften the wax and lift the cover with a small sharp paper-knife, when it flashed on my mind that my cousin would condemn and scorn what I was doing.


  • Certainly I did, and the banker split the seal with an ebony-handled paper-knife, and very soon unlocked the steel-ribbed box, whose weight was chiefly of itself.


  • The lower mandible, as thin as a paper-knife, is put into the water while the bird skims along the surface, and scoops up any little insects it meets.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • He sat there for fully half an hour without a sound except the dull click of the paper-knife against his lower teeth still firm as rocks.

    On Forsyte 'Change

  • He went into his sanctum — the room where he had thought out the future of countless pieces of house property — took up a paper-knife and sat down in an armchair.

    On Forsyte 'Change

  • Mrs Malone ferreted in the work-box; then she plunged her hand into the fissure between the cushion and the chair frame and brought up not only the scissors but also a little mother-of-pearl paper-knife that had been missing for ever so long.

    The Years


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