Meaning of KNIFE in English
/ naɪf; NAmE / noun , verb
( pl. knives / naɪvz; NAmE /) a sharp blade with a handle, used for cutting or as a weapon :
knives and forks
a sharp knife
a bread knife (= one for cutting bread)
She was murdered in a frenzied knife attack.
—see also flick knife , jackknife , palette knife , paperknife , penknife , Stanley knife
- the knives are out (for sb)
- like a knife through butter
- put / stick the knife in | put / stick the knife into sb
- turn / twist the knife (in the wound)
- under the knife
[ vn ] to injure or kill sb with a knife
late Old English cnīf , from Old Norse knífr , of Germanic origin.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005