knife and fork definition, knife and fork meaning | English dictionary




      n   pl   , knives  
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)     (Brit)   people are determined to harm or put a stop to (someone)  
the knives are out for Stevens     
6    under the knife   undergoing a surgical operation  
      vb   tr  
7    to cut, stab, or kill with a knife  
8    to betray, injure, or depose in an underhand way  
     (Old English cnif; related to Old Norse knifr, Middle Low German knif)  
  knifelike      adj  
  knifer      n  

bowie knife  
      n   a stout hunting knife with a short hilt and a guard for the hand  
     (C19: named after Jim Bowie, who popularized it)  
carving knife  
      n   a long-bladed knife for carving cooked meat for serving  
case knife  
      n      another name for       sheath knife  
clasp knife  
      n   a large knife with one or more blades or other devices folding into the handle  
flick knife  
      n   a knife with a retractable blade that springs out when a button is pressed,   (U.S. and Canadian word)    switchblade  
fruit knife  
      n   a small stainless knife for cutting fruit  
hunting knife  
      n   a knife used for flaying and cutting up game and sometimes for killing it  
knife edge  
1    the sharp cutting edge of a knife  
2    any sharp edge  
3    a sharp-edged wedge of hard material on which the beam of a balance pivots or about which a pendulum is suspended  
4    a critical point in the development of a situation, process of making a decision, etc.  
knife grinder  
      n   a person who makes and sharpens knives, esp. an itinerant one  
knife pleat  
      n   a single pleat turned in one direction  
1    the tip of a knife blade  
2    at knife-point   under threat of being stabbed  
knife switch  
      n   an electric switch in which a flat metal blade, hinged at one end, is pushed between fixed contacts  
pallet knife  
      n      a variant spelling of       palette knife  
sheath knife  
      n   a knife carried in or protected by a sheath  
Stanley knife  
      n   Trademark   a type of knife used for carpet fitting, etc., consisting of a thick hollow metal handle with a short, very sharp, replaceable blade inserted at one end  
     (C19: named after F.T. Stanley, US businessman and founder of the Stanley Rule and Level Company)  
trench knife  
      n   a double-edged steel knife for close combat  
     (C20: so called because such knives were carried by patrols in the Trenches during World War I)  
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c'est entré comme dans du beurre
contre les français les fourchettes même sont des armes
couteau qui ne fait pas le tour du tronc n'emporte pas le chou
culture générale lorsque l'on ne dispose pas de moyens adéquats, on ne parvient pas à atteindre ses objectifs
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