1. A small hand tool having a spiraled shank, a screw tip, and a cross handle and used for boring holes.
2. A cocktail made with vodka or gin, sweetened lime juice, and sometimes effervescent water and garnished with a slice of lime.
tr.v. gim·let·ed, gim·let·ing, gim·lets
To make a hole in (something) with a gimlet.
Having a penetrating or piercing quality: gimlet eyes.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman guimbelet, perhaps from Middle Dutch wimmelkijn, diminutive of wimmel, auger.]
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