Texas toothpick (plural Texas toothpicks)
- (informal) A knife with a long narrow blade, especially one that is a folding knife.
1992, Doyle Trent, Rawhide Ransom, ISBN 0821739972, page 65:
- This is gonna be like bleedin' a steer. Turn around, mister, or I'll stick this Texas toothpick in your eyes, one at a time.
1993, Jake Logan, Revenge at Devils Tower, ISBN 0425139042, page 27:
- I got a telegram from over in Ellsworth that he has a fondness for slicing men up with that Texas toothpick of his.
2003, Ed Fowler, Ed Fowler's Knife Talk II: The High Performance Blade, ISBN 0873495640, page 49:
- Bob was the only man the author ever knew to carry a mint-condition fishing knife—not unlike this Case Classic Texas toothpick—into the Wyoming high country and use it on brook trout.
2012, Wayne Goddard, Building the Everyday Work Knife, ISBN 1440233047:
- I brought it home and sawed off enough pieces for a matching bowie and Texas toothpick set I was making.
- (informal) A racoon baculum, carried as a lucky charm.
2011, Joanne O'Sullivan, Book of Superstitious Stuff, ISBN 1607345129:
- New Orleans gamblers are said to use the bones (also called coon dogs and Texas toothpicks) for luck.
2016, Ann Downer, The Animal Mating Game, ISBN 1512411434:
- In the southern United States, the baculums of raccoons— nicknamed Texas toothpicks—are considered signs of luck and fertility.