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a small, pointed instrument for making holes in cloth, leather, etc.
a long pinshaped instrument used by women to fasten up the hair.
a blunt, needlelike instrument for drawing tape, cord, etc., through a loop, hem, or the like.
Obsolete. a small dagger; stiletto.
Historical Examples

Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
The Martins Of Cro’ Martin, Vol. I (of II) Charles James Lever
The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series Rafael Sabatini
The Martins Of Cro’ Martin, Vol. I (of II) Charles James Lever
The True History of Tom and Jerry Charles Hindley
Charles O’Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles Lever
A Charming Fellow, Volume I (of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
Dotty Dimple at Her Grandmother’s Sophie May
The Martins Of Cro’ Martin, Vol. II (of II) Charles James Lever
The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham

a blunt large-eyed needle used esp for drawing tape through openwork
(archaic) a dagger
(printing) a pointed steel tool used for extracting characters when correcting metal type
(archaic) a long ornamental hairpin


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