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A knife resembling a sword.

[Alteration of obsolete stick or snee, to cut and thrust in fighting with a knife, partial translation of Dutch steken of snijden : steken, to stab (from Middle Dutch; see steig- in Indo-European roots) + of, or + snijden, to cut (from Middle Dutch sniden).]
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1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a knife for cutting or thrusting
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a fight with knives
[C17 stick or snee, from Dutch steken to stick2 + snijen to cut]
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(ˈsnɪk ərˌsni)

a knife, esp. one used as a weapon.
[1690–1700; alter. (by alliterative assimilation) of earlier stick or snee to thrust or cut < Dutch steken to stick2 + snij(d)en to cut]
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Noun1.snickersnee - fighting with knivessnickersnee - fighting with knives      
fighting, combat, fight, scrap - the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
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Since "we" are all still alive, Thackeray's Jack pulls out his "snickersnee" and tells the cabin boy: "Oh Billy, we're going to kill and eat you." But if the murder-and-cannibalism-at-sea plot was already a cliche and a joke to Thackeray, in this immensely enjoyable book Lowry makes of it the vehicle for a psychologically complex and emotionally engaging story of misdirected love, and of a variety of hungers, from the simple need for sustenance to the yearnings for companionship, for freedom and for home.
'First let me say my catechism, Which my poor mammy taught to me.' 'Make haste, make haste,' says guzzling Jimmy, While Jack pulled out his snickersnee.
16 What, once upon a time, would you have done with a snickersnee?