Definition of gimlet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɡɪmlət//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɪmlət//
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a small tool for making holes in wood to put screws in (figurative) eyes like gimlets (= looking very hard at things and noticing every detail) Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French guimbelet, diminutive of guimble ‘drill’, ultimately of Germanic origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gimlet