switchblade knife


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switchblade knife

[′swich‚blād ′nīf]
(design engineering)
A knife in which the blade is spring-loaded and swings open when released by a pushbutton.
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Shortly thereafter, a young blonde man between 18 and 22 took out a switchblade knife and opened it in front of the security guard.
Among the devices used to make immediate comprehension nearly impossible we find foreign and rare words (this reviewer, a native speaker of German, needed a dictionary to understand some of the expressions), unusual compounds, some of considerable length (for instance, the short poem on page 48 has schlundpinkeln, zeitbaubetrieb, madonnenpisse, falschmarzipan, spahpflicht, halsanemonen, and buchstabiergewicht), arbitrary punning and wordplay (in the title poem: "wenn eine [belladonna] nicht bellt, wird sie gleich fur den hund gehalten"), and extravagant metaphors, as when the poet watches her words, perceiving them as "sweetened fish, thrashing between her teeth, takes her switchblade knife to slit the air-bladders of her speech, which now sinks slowly.
I picked it up and realised it was a stiletto switchblade knife - officially outlawed in Britain since the Teddy Boy era in the 1950s.