from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A knife with a blunt, flexible blade, used by glaziers for laying on putty; a stopping-knife.
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When, about twelve months previously, he first came to work for Rushton & Co., he was a simple labourer, but since then he had 'picked up' a slight knowledge of the trade, and having armed himself with a putty-knife and put on a white jacket, regarded himself as a fully qualified painter.
Gone are the days of the putty-knife break-in - the new Mac mini is easy to open
Slicing a new sticker placed over 10 years 'worth of old ones just allows the thief to putty-knife under the oldest sticker, keeping the sliced one, the one he is interested in, intact.