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Monday word: gimlet

gimlet (gmlt)
noun:
1. A small hand tool used for boring holes in wood, with a pointed spiral tip and a handle at right angles.
2. A cocktail made with vodka or gin, and lime juice.
verb:
To make holes using a gimlet.
adj.:
Having a penetrating or piercing quality.

Etymology:  from Old French guimbelet, little drill.

Smedley D. Butler was known as "old gimlet eye".

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kryptyd
Aug. 25th, 2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
Excellent! This community really highlights the vast amount of words I read in novels on regular basis, but never actually bother to look up. This one, I vaguely knew what it meant from the contexts I've read it in (always gimlet eyes), but it's nice to finally know the proper, specific meaning.
theidolhands
Aug. 25th, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize it could be anything more than a cocktail!
med_cat
Aug. 26th, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
Ah, so that's what they mean by gimlet eye! Good to know :)
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