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) He had been stabbed repeatedly with a kitchen knife. see also jackknife, palette knife, penknifeIdioms
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the situation has become so bad that people are preparing to make one person take the blame, for example by taking away their job The knives are out for the secretary of the treasury.
the knives are out (for somebody)jump to other results
easily; without meeting any difficulty
like a knife through butter (informal)jump to other results
to be very unfriendly to someone and try to harm them
put/stick the knife in, put/stick the knife into somebody (informal)jump to other results
to say or do something unkind deliberately; to make someone who is unhappy feel even more unhappy Marcia laughed as she twisted the knife still deeper.
turn/twist the knife (in the wound)jump to other results
having a medical operation
under the knife (informal)jump to other results