pencil-sharpener love



from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An implement for sharpening the point of a lead-pencil or a slate-pencil.


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  • When cut across the grain by the giant pencil-sharpener as the buds bubble towards the bark of the tree, their turbulence is displayed, with every little eddy and vortex held perfectly still.


  • Then it is boiled to prevent it splitting, rotated on a machine like a pencil-sharpener, and veneer half a millimetre thick comes peeling off the blade.


  • In 1912, a pencil-sharpener salesman named Edgar Rice Burroughs published in a short novel ‘Under the Moons of Mars’ in All-Story Magazine.


  • They have a line of premium reproductions of 1920s-era office tools, including a heart-stoppingly lovely stapler and pencil-sharpener (the pencil sharpener has a little window so you can peer into its guts and watch your pencil transformed).

    Boing Boing: May 16, 2004 - May 22, 2004 Archives

  • Fantastico 1920s Spanish stapler and pencil-sharpener

    Boing Boing: May 16, 2004 - May 22, 2004 Archives

  • She called on him to hand out the new textbook, and as he got up to approach the desk he saw Gloria Reese drop her pencil-sharpener into the trash basket and bend down to retrieve it.

    Not the End of the World

  • At last; in desperation, the Crown Prince deliberately broke off the point of his pencil, and went to the desk where Miss Braithwaite sat, monarch of the American pencil-sharpener which was the beloved of his heart.

    Long Live the King!

  • "Guess we've made another million dollars," he observed to the pencil-sharpener.

    Dangerous Days

  • "I've had worse snips than that from a pencil-sharpener."

    The Turmoil

  • "No; the pencil-sharpener smashed first time I used it, and the net-bag got lost at home."

    Tom, Dick and Harry


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