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Awl

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Awl. n.s. [æl, al, Sax.] A pointed instrument to bore holes with.

He which was minded to make himself a perpetual servant, should, for a visible token thereof, have also his ear bored through with an awl. Hooker, b. iv. § 1.

You may likewise prick many holes with an awl, about a joint that will lie in the earth. Mortimer's Husbandry.

Sources: Hooker, Richard (175) · Mortimer, John (62)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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