Origin of cleavercleave + -er
- A heavy, broad-bladed knife or hatchet used especially by butchers.
- Archaeology A bifacial core tool flaked to produce a straight sharp edge at one end.
A bifacial stone tool flaked to produce a straight, sharp, relatively wide edge at one end. Cleavers are early core tools associated primarily with the Acheulian tool culture.
From cleave + -er, cf. Middle English clevere.
- Buy a full-skirted dress and work that June Cleaver style.
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- A small twist on something common can be strange, like a fairy princess with a meat cleaver or a dead Santa Claus.
- The intellect is a cleaver; it discerns and rifts its way into the secret of things.