shoemaker's awl
Awl Awl ([add]l), n. [OE. aul, awel, al, AS. [=ae]l, awel; akin to Icel. alr, OHG. [=a]la, G. ahle, Lith. yla, Skr. [=a]r[=a].] A pointed instrument for piercing small holes, as in leather or wood; used by shoemakers, saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc. The blade is differently shaped and pointed for different uses, as in the {brad awl}, {saddler's awl}, {shoemaker's awl}, etc. [1913 Webster]

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  • saddler's awl — Awl Awl ([add]l), n. [OE. aul, awel, al, AS. [=ae]l, awel; akin to Icel. alr, OHG. [=a]la, G. ahle, Lith. yla, Skr. [=a]r[=a].] A pointed instrument for piercing small holes, as in leather or wood; used by shoemakers, saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Awl — ([add]l), n. [OE. aul, awel, al, AS. [=ae]l, awel; akin to Icel. alr, OHG. [=a]la, G. ahle, Lith. yla, Skr. [=a]r[=a].] A pointed instrument for piercing small holes, as in leather or wood; used by shoemakers, saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • awl — [OE] The Old English form, æl, came from a hypothetical Germanic base *āl , which had a probable relative in Sanskrit ārā. The compound bradawl was formed in the 19th century using the term brad ‘thin flat nail’, which came originally from Old… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • awl — [OE] The Old English form, æl, came from a hypothetical Germanic base *āl , which had a probable relative in Sanskrit ārā. The compound bradawl was formed in the 19th century using the term brad ‘thin flat nail’, which came originally from Old… …   Word origins

  • brad awl — Awl Awl ([add]l), n. [OE. aul, awel, al, AS. [=ae]l, awel; akin to Icel. alr, OHG. [=a]la, G. ahle, Lith. yla, Skr. [=a]r[=a].] A pointed instrument for piercing small holes, as in leather or wood; used by shoemakers, saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • elsin — I Cleveland Dialect List a shoemaker s awl II North Country (Newcastle) Words a shoemaker s awl …   English dialects glossary

  • Elsin — El sin, n. A shoemaker s awl. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • souvlaki — /soohv lah kee/, n. Greek Cookery. a dish similar to shish kebab made with lamb. Also, souvlakia /soohv lah kyah/. [1945 50; < ModGk soubláki small spit, deriv. of soúbla spit, skewer L subula shoemaker s awl, equiv. to su , base of su(ere) to… …   Universalium

  • elson — North Country (Newcastle) Words a shoemaker s awl …   English dialects glossary

  • elson —  a shoemaker s awl. Cumb …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

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