Gimlet meaning

gĭmlĭt
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Having a penetrating or piercing quality.

Gimlet eyes.

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A small hand tool having a spiraled shank, a screw tip, and a cross handle and used for boring holes.
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A small boring tool with a handle at right angles to a shaft having at the other end a spiral, pointed cutting edge.
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A cocktail made of sweetened lime juice, gin or vodka, and sometimes soda.
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To make a hole in with or as with a gimlet.
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A small screw-tipped tool for boring holes.
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A cocktail, usually made with gin and lime juice.
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To pierce or bore holes (as if using a gimlet).
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A cocktail made with vodka or gin, sweetened lime juice, and sometimes effervescent water and garnished with a slice of lime.
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To make a hole in (something) with a gimlet.
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Origin of gimlet

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman guimbelet perhaps from Middle Dutch wimmelkijn diminutive of wimmel auger

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The name "gimlet" comes from the Old French guinbelet, guimbelet, later guibelet, probably a diminutive of the Anglo-French "wimble", a variation of "guimble", from the Middle Low German wiemel, compare the Scandinavian wammie, to bore or twist; the modern French is gibelet.

    From Wiktionary