1. [late 17C+] (UK Und.) a knife or razor.
2. a knife slash, a stab.
3. [1960s+] (also chib-mark) a scar (from a knife slash).
4. [2000s+] something that mimics a pointed weapon.
[1920s–50s] (US) an expert in using a knife.
1. [mid-19C] a street-seller of knives and cutlery.
2. [1900s] one who harbours murderers.
1. [18C–early 19C] (also chieving-lay) cutting the braces of a coach (the strong leather straps that suspend the body of a coach from the springs); the coachman then dismounts and, while his attention is distracted by one robber, an accomplice plunders the boot of its contents; thus chiving layer, one who robs in this way.
2. [late 18C–early 19C] (UK Und.) cutting open the back of a coach to steal the large wigs worn by the passengers.
3. [mid-18C] the cutting off of a woman’s belt, thus stealing any jewellery or watches that might be attached.