switchblade (plural switchblades)
- A folding knife with a blade which opens automatically (under spring pressure) when a button is pressed.
- (transitive) To attack or cut with a switchblade.
1987, Ron Rearick & Doug Murren, Iceman, →ISBN, page 53:
- I got terrible hangovers from the cheap booze; and, one night, I almost got switchbladed when I put my arm around the wrong "lady of the night.
2015, Paul Maher Jr. & Caitlin Stuart, Love That Loves Us: Reflections on the Films of Terrence Malick, →ISBN:
- They are the American dream torn asunder, like clean fresh laundry left drying on the clothesline, switchbladed by bored boys of summer.
2016, Daniel Kraus, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume Two: Empire Decayed, →ISBN:
- Finally there was Jackie, the gold-toothed gang member (as she liked to remind us) who'd switchbladed thirty or forty or fifty people
- (intransitive) To spring open or up.
2007, Richard Canning, Between Men: Best New Gay Fiction, →ISBN, page 253:
- Switchblading open their silvery cell phones, they call their mortgage brokers and say “Buy.”
2007, David Poyer, The Command: A Novel, →ISBN, page 190:
- Steering and stabilization fins switchblading out, followed by the wings.
2009, Erik Raschke, The Book of Samuel: A Novel, →ISBN, page 200:
- I stood there waiting for the three remaining Rottweilers to come barreling toward the fence, fangs switchbladed open.
2015, Jeffrey Bartsch, Two Across, →ISBN:
- He ticked off the facts, switchblading out a finger for each one.
- (transitive, intransitive) To (cause to) make a sudden move or transition.
1963, Cleveland Amory & Earl Blackwell, Celebrity Register:
- He briefly rocked medical school, switchbladed to accounting and finally joked his first radio script in 1938.
2002, Plays International - Volume 18, page 15:
- The play's principal comic manoeuvre is to have concern switchblading into callousness.
2007, Lynn Hoffman, Bang Bang, →ISBN, page 76:
- Daniel's smile is fixed, but his eyes are switchblading from side to side, looking at Paula, looking for an exit.
2014, Carol Muske-Dukes, Dear Digby: A Novel, →ISBN:
- The lantern began swinging to its own rhythm, switchblading light all over the tent.
attack or cut with a switchblade