Gimlet eye
Gimlet Gim"let, n. [Also written and pronounced {gimbled}] [OF. guimbelet, guibelet, F. gibelet, prob. fr. OD. wimpel, weme, a bore, wemelen to bore, to wimble. See {Wimble}, n.] A small tool for boring holes. It has a leading screw, a grooved body, and a cross handle. [1913 Webster]

{Gimlet eye}, a squint-eye. [Colloq.] --Wright. [1913 Webster]


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  • gimlet eye — gimlet eyed, adj. 1. a sharp or piercing glance. 2. an eye that appears to give a sharp or piercing look. [1815 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • gimlet eye — noun an eye with a piercing stare. Derivatives gimlet eyed adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • gimlet eye — gim′let eye n. a piercing glance gim′let eyed , adj …   From formal English to slang

  • Gimlet — Gim let, n. [Also written and pronounced {gimbled}] [OF. guimbelet, guibelet, F. gibelet, prob. fr. OD. wimpel, weme, a bore, wemelen to bore, to wimble. See {Wimble}, n.] A small tool for boring holes. It has a leading screw, a grooved body, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gimlet (tool) — A gimlet is a hand tool for drilling small holes, mainly in wood, without splitting. It was defined in Gwilt s Architecture (1859) as a piece of steel of a semi cylindrical form, hollow on one side, having a cross handle at one end and a worm or… …   Wikipedia

  • gimlet — n. 1 a small tool with a screw tip for boring holes. 2 a cocktail usu. of gin and lime juice. Phrases and idioms: gimlet eye an eye with a piercing glance. Etymology: ME f. OF guimbelet, dimin. of guimble …   Useful english dictionary

  • gimlet-eyed — adjective see gimlet eye * * * gimˈlet eyed adjective Having a piercing look or stare • • • Main Entry: ↑gimlet …   Useful english dictionary

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