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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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