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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

A pointed tool used to make holes.

Usage examples (32)
  • An awl was used to make holes in the leather belt.
  • But "awl," being an uncommon word, stuck in my head.
  • The shoemaker is hard at work with needle and awl.
  • "Oh! I have found a good awl for myself," she said. for more
Tutoring comment
  • It's a good idea to mark "all" (whole amount) places to make holes before using an "awl" (pointed tool) to do so. An "owl" is a large bird that is active at night.
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