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awl

See also: -awl

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Middle English aul, alle, al, from Old English æl, from Proto-Germanic *ēlō (compare Middle Low German āl, Dutch aal, German Ahle), from Proto-Indo-European *Hóleh₂ (compare Khotanese aiysna, Sanskrit अरा (árā)).

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Stitching awls

awl (plural awls)

  1. A pointed instrument for piercing small holes, as in leather or wood; used by shoemakers, saddlers, cabinetmakers, etc. The blade is differently shaped and pointed for different uses, as in the brad awl, saddler's awl, shoemaker's awl, etc.

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