noun Date: 1932 a pocketknife having the blade spring-operated so that pressure on a release catch causes it to fly open — called also switchblade knife

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  • switchblade — also switch blade, type of folding pocket knife, 1932, from SWITCH (Cf. switch) (n.) + BLADE (Cf. blade). So called for the switch which is pressed to spring the knife open. Earlier a similar tool was known as an Arkansas toothpick (1837) …   Etymology dictionary

  • switchblade — ► NOUN chiefly N. Amer. ▪ a flick knife …   English terms dictionary

  • Switchblade — A switchblade (also known as automatic knife, switch, or in British English flick knife) is a type of knife with a folding or sliding blade contained in the handle which is opened by a spring when a button or lever on the grip is… …   Wikipedia

  • switchblade — UK [ˈswɪtʃˌbleɪd] / US noun [countable] Word forms switchblade : singular switchblade plural switchblades mainly American a flick knife …   English dictionary

  • switchblade — /swich blayd /, n. a pocketknife, the blade of which is held by a spring and can be released suddenly, as by pressing a button. Also called switchblade knife. [1905 10; SWITCH + BLADE] * * * …   Universalium

  • switchblade — [[t]swɪ̱tʃbleɪd[/t]] switchblades N COUNT A switchblade is a knife with a blade that is hidden in the handle and that springs out when a button is pressed. [AM] (in BRIT, use flick knife) …   English dictionary

  • switchblade — noun a pocketknife with a blade that springs open at the press of a button • Syn: ↑switchblade knife, ↑flick knife, ↑flick knife • Hypernyms: ↑pocketknife, ↑pocket knife …   Useful english dictionary

  • switchblade — noun A folding knife with a blade which opens automatically (under spring pressure) when a button is pressed …   Wiktionary

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