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awl (noun) a pointed tool for piercing (usually leather).
An awl is a cobbler's tool. It has in it a hole like the eye of a needle. The cobbler uses it to make holes in leather and draw a thread or a lace passing through its hole.
- The holes made by the awl in the piece of leather are too big to hold the stitches.
- He made holes in the neck of the jerkin with an awl to sew it up with buttons.