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SHIV (shiv)

A knife, especially one used as a weapon
Common clues: Switchblade; Prison weapon; Thug's knife; Pen knife?;
Hood's blade; Baddie's blade; Knife, in the slammer; Street-fighter's blade
Crossword puzzle frequency: once a year
Frequency in English language: 69450 / 86800
Prison Weapons

A shiv (from the Romani word chiv) is a slang term for a sharp or pointed implement used as an improvised knife-like weapon. The shiv is the favored weapon of inmates in prisons across the world. It is infamous for its versatility - a shiv can be anything from a glass shard with cloth wrapped around one end to form a handle, to a razorblade stuck in the end of a toothbrush, to a sharpened spoon. Some inmates have even sharpened the ends of pork chop bones to make them into weapons.

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