1. A small, sharply pointed instrument for making holes in fabric or leather.
2. A blunt needle for pulling tape or ribbon through a series of loops or a hem.
3. A long hairpin, usually with an ornamental head.
4. Printing An awl or pick for extracting letters from set type.
5. A dagger or stiletto.
[Middle English boidekin, of unknown origin.]
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