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knife thrust

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n knife thrust a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument "one strong stab to the heart killed him"
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Usage

In literature:

The incident is worth recounting briefly here because of the rapidity with which history was made by a mere fanatical knife-thrust.
"Royal Palaces and Parks of France" by Milburg Francisco Mansfield
It was his knife that had made the fatal thrust.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
Hank dropped his hitching weight on the fellow's toes, and the knife-thrust fell short by some three feet.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
Hastings snapped his knife-blade shut and thrust the piece of wood into his pocket.
"No Clue" by James Hay
You felt they might at any moment come behind you swiftly and thrust a long knife between your shoulder blades.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
Martin had been found dead, with a knife thrust through his neck.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
He thrust his knife into the slippery, poached mass.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Some were scalped; some received the keen and trembling axe; and others suffered by thrusts from the fatal knife.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
His body was so hacked by knife thrusts that he was compelled to go to the hospital for repairs.
"Hanover; Or The Persecution of the Lowly" by David Bryant Fulton
Then he took out a pocket knife and thrust the blade through the keyhole and peeped in.
"Uncle Terry" by Charles Clark Munn
He thrust them at Iron Knife.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
He thrust the knife back into the man's hands, and, raising the girl again in his arms, "There is a house a little below," he said.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
Remember: one little knife thrust and I've lost a good man!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
With his knife he cut the laces in a single downward thrust.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
He plucked at the hunting-knife, and plunged it into the wild animal with three rapid thrusts.
"The Fiery Totem" by Argyll Saxby
A little knife-thrust, just at the end!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
Its tinkle as it fell shivered through his nerves with the excruciating sharpness of a knife-thrust.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
There were no wounds, no knife thrust, no sword slash.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
And because of his speed, the frantic, clumsy blows and knife thrusts which were directed at him proved harmless.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
In his belt were thrust the fatal knife and hatchet.
"The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 3, March, 1852" by Various
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In poetry:

An oath from Salem Hardieker,
A shriek upon the stairs,
A dance of shadows on the wall,
A knife-thrust unawares —
And Hans came down, as cattle drop,
Across the broken chairs.
"The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding-House" by Rudyard Kipling
He couches — ay now we'll see mischief, I dread:
Quick — level your rifles — and aim at his head:
Thrust forward the spears, and unsheath every knife —
St. George! he's upon us! — Now, fire, lads, for life!
"The Lion Hunt" by Thomas Pringle