• (British, America) IPA: /ˈɡɪm.lət/

gimlet (plural gimlets)

  1. A small screw#Noun|screw-tipped tool#Noun|tool for bore#Verb|boring holes.
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    • 1726 October 27, [Jonathan Swift], chapter II, in Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. […] [Gulliver’s Travels], volume I, London: Printed for Benj[amin] Motte, […], OCLC 995220039 ↗, part II (A Voyage to Brobdingnag):
      The box was close on every side, with a little door for me to go in and out, and a few gimlet holes to let in air.
    • 1917 November, W[illiam] B[utler] Yeats, “The Collar-bone of a Hare”, in The Wild Swans at Coole, Other Verses an a Play in Verse, Churchtown, Dundrum [Dublin]: The Cuala Press, OCLC 4474827 ↗, page 3 ↗:
      I would find by the edge of that water / The collar-bone of a hare / Worn thin by the lapping of water, / And pierce it through with a gimlet and stare [...]
  2. A cocktail, usually made with gin and lime juice.
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    • 2001, General Hospital (TV soap opera, August 28):
      Yeah, a piece of advice — once you’re back in circulation, don’t keep topping off a lady’s vodka gimlet when she’s not looking.
    • 2012, Stuart Woods, Unnatural Acts: A Stone Barrington Novel, Penguin (ISBN 9781101580394), page 98:
      By seven, dinner was under way, and a bottle of vodka gimlets and one of martinis were in the freezer, chilling.
Translations Translations Verb

gimlet (gimlets, present participle gimleting; past and past participle gimleted)

  1. To pierce or bore holes (as if using a gimlet).
  2. (nautical, transitive) To turn round (an anchor) as if turning a gimlet.
  • French: vriller
  • Italian: succhiellare
  • Portuguese: verrumar
  • Russian: буравить

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