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A pocketknife having a spring-operated blade that opens instantly when a release on the handle is pressed. Also called switchblade knife, switch knife.


(ˈswɪtʃˌbleɪd) or

switchblade knife

(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) US and Canadian a knife with a retractable blade that springs out when a button is pressed
Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): flick knife



a pocketknife, the blade of which is held by a spring and can be released suddenly, as by pressing a button. Also called switch′blade knife′.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.switchblade - a pocketknife with a blade that springs open at the press of a buttonswitchblade - a pocketknife with a blade that springs open at the press of a button
pocket knife, pocketknife - a knife with a blade that folds into the handle; suitable for carrying in the pocket


[ˈswɪtʃˌbleɪd] N (US) → navaja f de muelle or de resorte


[ˈswɪtʃbleɪd] n (= knife) → cran m d'arrêt


[ˈswɪtʃˌbleɪd] n (also switchblade knife) → coltello a scatto
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