knifing


noun, plural knives [nahyvz] /naɪvz/.

  1. an instrument for cutting, consisting essentially of a thin, sharp-edged, metal blade fitted with a handle.
  2. a knifelike weapon; dagger or short sword.
  3. any blade for cutting, as in a tool or machine.

verb (used with object), knifed, knif·ing.

  1. to apply a knife to; cut, stab, etc., with a knife.
  2. to attempt to defeat or undermine in a secret or underhanded way.

verb (used without object), knifed, knif·ing.

  1. to move or cleave through something with or as if with a knife: The ship knifed through the heavy seas.
Idioms
  1. under the knife, in surgery; undergoing a medical operation: The patient was under the knife for four hours.

noun plural knives (naɪvz)

  1. a cutting instrument consisting of a sharp-edged often pointed blade of metal fitted into a handle or onto a machine
  2. a similar instrument used as a weapon
  3. have one’s knife in someone to have a grudge against or victimize someone
  4. twist the knife to make a bad situation worse in a deliberately malicious way
  5. the knives are out for someone British people are determined to harm or put a stop to someonethe knives are out for Stevens
  6. under the knife undergoing a surgical operation

verb (tr)

  1. to cut, stab, or kill with a knife
  2. to betray, injure, or depose in an underhand way
n.

late Old English cnif, probably from Old Norse knifr, from Proto-Germanic *knibaz (cf. Middle Low German knif, Middle Dutch cnijf, German kneif), of uncertain origin. To further confuse the etymology, there also are forms in -p-, e.g. Dutch knijp, German kneip. French canif “penknife” (mid-15c.) is borrowed from Middle English or Norse.

v.

1865, from knife (n.). Related: Knifed; knifing.

see at gunpoint (knifepoint); under the knife; you could cut it with a knife.

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