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a stabbing weapon with a blade sharpened on both sides, used in hand-to-hand combat.

In very ancient times daggers were made from split animal horns or flint. Subsequently, copper, bronze, iron, and, later, steel were used. Steel daggers are often carried in beautifully decorated sheaths. Among certain peoples (such as in the Caucasus) the weapon is part of the national costume.

What does it mean when you dream about a dagger?

A dagger is usually taken to be a symbol of strong male power. Alternatively, it may be a symbol of treachery (in fiction, people are frequently stabbed in the back with daggers). Daggers sometimes also indicate hostility (“daggers in men’s smiles”).


A small decorated tracery motif in the form of a distorted cusped lancet, with the foot pointed; a pointed oval-shaped opening in the tracery.


Daggers, knives, and swords could represent significant feelings of anger toward yourself and others. If you kill or wound a perceived enemy in your dream, your unconscious mind may be encouraging you to conquer your fears. Freud thought that all such objects were phallic symbols.
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In his girdle he wore a long and double-edged dagger, which was the only offensive weapon about his person.
I saw, with the utmost surprise, an old Moor enter my chamber, with a kind of small dagger, all over rusty, and a mallet in his hand, and three cups of horn about half a foot long.
Casting a glance upon his wife and daughter, he drew a dagger from his breast and gave it to his companion, saying in Italian:--
There is a point of human despair where the northern poor take to drink--and our own poor take to daggers.
Both men and women were armed with long-swords and daggers, but no firearms were in evidence, else it had been short shrift for the gruesome plant men of Barsoom.
The walls of the room were lined with racks in which were hundreds of straight and hooked swords, javelins, and daggers.
Our guards--two gorgeous young Arab sheiks, with cargoes of swords, guns, pistols and daggers on board--were loafing ahead.
The flowers of which Joe spoke were heads freshly severed from the bodies, and suspended by daggers thrust into the bark of the tree.
Tis fire, melted lead, a thousand daggers in my heart.
His rounds took him into low-roofed cottages in which were fishing tackle and sails and here and there mementoes of deep-sea travelling, a lacquer box from Japan, spears and oars from Melanesia, or daggers from the bazaars of Stamboul; there was an air of romance in the stuffy little rooms, and the salt of the sea gave them a bitter freshness.
The streets looked as if they were made of silver, they were so bright and glistening; long icicles like crystal daggers hung down from the eaves of the houses, everybody went about in furs, and the little boys wore scarlet caps and skated on the ice.
You might look daggers at him for an hour and he would not notice it, and it would not trouble him if he did.