One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long knife with a blade that is double-edged at the point.
- ‘A search reportedly turned up a stockpile of pistols, long guns, ammunition, and bowie knives.’
- ‘In order to open the safe, you need to assail it with a barrage of fire, although somewhat surreally, it's also possible to stab it into submission with a bowie knife until it yields its precious contents.’
- ‘This is a foot-long stick of mean-looking bowie knife that looks like it just walked off the set of a 1960s Western.’
- ‘Tim does his own leatherwork, and the sheath for this bowie was both very nicely executed and handsome to boot with its crosshatched embellishment.’
- ‘‘It'd be a shame for something to happen to your little government,’ he told parliament as his picked his fingernails with a bowie knife.’
- ‘One night, while we were chatting about how Kafele said there was a storm on the horizon (although no one else could feel or tell a thing), one of the Americans, Brant Sherman, came up to the topsides holding a bowie knife at the ready.’
- ‘Grabbing a light book bag, I put my food rations, four clips of ammo, a bowie knife, a flashlight, and a radio communicator into it.’
- ‘Jack, Jonathan, Arthur, and Quincey engage in a ‘desperate’ pursuit of Dracula, on horseback and with Winchester rifles; then in close combat, armed with bowie knives, they fight the gypsies who guard the Count.’
- ‘Unlike the days of the Old West, we can't walk around with firearms strapped to our sides and big bowie knives hanging down to our knees.’
- ‘The sensation should not be fatigue or cramping, but that of a pinpoint white-hot bowie knife twisting deep in each of the three target areas.’
- ‘The bigger cat yanked his military-style bowie from its sheath.’
- ‘When we first meet him, Bicke is down on his luck, a little shy and confused, but hardly the sort to tape a bowie knife to his ankle and start talking to himself in the mirror.’
- ‘The weasel yanked a bowie knife out of a sheath on his hip and threw it at Lee, who nipped it neatly out of the air, and sent it thudding into the earth at the weasel's feet.’
- ‘To this end we will attempt to survive the harsh terrain of the Ottawa Valley where we will be armed with only a can of beans, a compass, and a bowie knife.’
- ‘He whipped the bowie knife from the back of his sodden shirt, flashing it; his teeth bared like a cornered cat or jackal.’
- ‘A one-armed bear of a man, Sheriff Tom is, at 45, the oldest hobo, and he happens to own the biggest bowie knife, making him the logical choice to be the group's chief law-enforcement officer.’
- ‘So, with a lot of hard work and a sharp bowie knife, we set about making cuts and managed to come up with a second draft that was a lean, mean 562 sheets of bark.’
- ‘Once triggered, the switch caused a razor sharp bowie blade to protrude from the tip of the hockey stick, where normally you'd use to hit the puck.’
- ‘Eventually, the merry mutilators grow sick of each other's horrendous overacting and face off for an ultimate battle of brains, brawn, bowie knives, and tire irons.’
- ‘He had survival gear, rope, a bowie knife, a hatchet.’
Mid 19th century: named after J. Bowie (see Bowie, Jim).
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