Bushman’s friend, noun phrase

Origin:
English, Show more Bushman (sense 1 a) + English possessive ’s + English friend.
An open-bladed hunting knife. Cf. Hernhutter.
1880 E.F. Sandeman Eight Months in Ox-Waggon 348A ‘Bushman’s Friend,’ as the cheap open-bladed knives are designated, which are chiefly used for skinning and killing game, and any other rough purpose.
1907 J.P. Fitzpatrick Jock of Bushveld 113Catching the buck by the head, held it down with one knee on its neck and my Bushman’s Friend in hand to finish it.
1964 G. Campbell Old Dusty 138‘No, Inkosi, I don’t want money, but if you will give me that knife in your belt, I will watch them and tell you what happens.’ I had a spare ‘Bushman’s friend’ in my kit, so agreed to the Swazi’s terms.
1984 Bagpipe (St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown) 12 Sept. 12What went wrong I don’t know, but Dooley burst out of his class room and dashed down the stairs, with Terry Lloyd after him with a ‘Bushman’s Friend’.
An open-bladed hunting knife.

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