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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Knife-boy a boy employed in cleaning knives
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cníf: Ger. kneif, knife, kneifen, to nip.


In literature:

The boy acknowledged that it was wrong to kill with a knife or a sword.
"John Nicholson" by R. E. Cholmeley
The boy thought the knife would never come out.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
The boy dodged, managed to avoid the rush, and gave the beast a wicked stab with the knife.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
The boy came up, and Dick felt a keen bladed knife put between his hands and for an instant saw the face of the boy.
"The Liberty Boys Running the Blockade" by Harry Moore
Get out your knife, my boy.
"Dead Man's Land" by George Manville Fenn
So just hand me that knife, Harry, boy, and I will produce the necessary ink.
"Across the Spanish Main" by Harry Collingwood
It was about the year of the jack-knife that there lived in our neighborhood a bad boy whose name was Elmer.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
Little boys and dogs, and even men, can be very easily hurt if they are careless and don't watch the knife.
"Sunny Boy in the Country" by Ramy Allison White
It was held by its strap; but the boy whipped out a knife and cut it loose.
"Two Little Confederates" by Thomas Nelson Page
Then the boy suddenly dropped to his knees behind the missionary's desk and whipped out a big knife.
"Flash-lights from the Seven Seas" by William L. Stidger
They took our stuff, shot two of the boys, knifed another, and blew up our track.
"Across the Mesa" by Jarvis Hall
From the oldest man down to little boys, they all carry the bolo or a big knife.
"A Soldier in the Philippines" by Needom N. Freeman
The shanty-boy stepped to his side with a knife in his hand, the deer gave one loud bleat of fear and pain, and then it was all over.
"Forest Neighbors" by William Davenport Hulbert
The boy raised himself to one knee and brandished his knife.
"The Blue Bird for Children" by Georgette Leblanc
But there was something odd about the way the boy's arm had moved when he threw the knife.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Then giving each of the boys a leg, and himself keeping clear of the eager knife blades, they all began the work of skinning off the hide.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
He seized his knife, and stabbed the boy to the heart.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The sergeant collected the dead boy's shoes, cap, his little stick, and his knife, and placed them beside him.
"Cuore (Heart)" by Edmondo De Amicis
Iron Knife bent down and hugged Redbird, then patted Woodrow's head with a big hand while the boy looked up at him with shining eyes.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The boy anticipated no other attack now but that of fists or a knife at the utmost.
"The Fiery Totem" by Argyll Saxby

In poetry:

Slant-eyed yellow Bornese cabin boys
knifed in Sigapore bars
paint the iron-belted barrels blood-red.
Those Indochina nights, those Indochina nights.
"Gioconda And Si-Ya-U" by Nazim Hikmet
We harp to these words; strong drink drives the knife
To the heart of a friend, and deprives him of life;
It turns sober boys into rowdies and knaves—
It steals from the household to fill up the graves.
"The Same Old Strain" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Anne Arundel County Police have arrested and charged a 17-year-old boy after they say he was carrying a knife and a pellet gun in school today.
A 14-year-old boy is accused of stabbing a state trooper in the chest with a knife Sunday night, state police in Wayne County said.
LAS CRUCES — Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of a man who allegedly threatened a 15-year-old boy with a knife.
NINTENDO'S Game Boy camera is the Ginsu knife of digital imaging: an inexpensive mass-market device with a seemingly endless repertory of functions.
Corning Police are investigating an incident in which a 15-year-old boy reportedly brandished a knife at the Corning High School Farm on Oct 1.
Boy, 6, killed and sister, 12, slashed in New Jersey knife attack.
Rio Grande City police and the Starr County Sheriff's Department were called in to assist school district police after one of the 8th grade boys was stabbed with a small knife.
The Knife 's members — brother and sister Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer — haven't been entirely inactive since their last studio album, 2006's intensely infuential Silent Shout (see: Purity Ring, Kate Boy, Sky Ferreira, et al.
No knife was found on the boy, Clemens said.
A popular teacher who fatally shot a knife-wielding prowler in a ski mask and then learned it was his 15-year-old son is devastated and filled with questions about what the boy was doing, his attorney said Monday.
A teenage boy faces assault charges for allegedly wielding a knife during a melee just past midnight Saturday that left him with a gunshot wound.
Man accused of stabbing motor home battery, chasing boy with knife.
MORGAN ­— A frustrated convicted felon is accused of stabbing his motor home battery with a 10-inch Bowie knife, choking a fellow camper and using the knife to threaten and chase a 4-year-old boy.
Brute robs delivery boy at knife-point.
A 17-year-old youth has been found guilty of attempted murder after stabbing a boy in the head with a kitchen knife.