Kushner separates himself with scalpel-like precision from the known facts about the Russia affair.
Alessandro Penso for The International Herald Tribune
By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
Carmine Mainella, who has sharpened knives, scissors and other metal items in Rome since 1955, is one of the last members of a profession on the decline.
Nomura Whets Scalpel for Cutting
Scaling back its ambitions to become a full-service global investment bank, Nomura Holdings is planning a major cost-cutting drive that will likely land heaviest on its money-losing European operations.
The U.K., which is readying its scalpel for aggressive spending cuts, is planning its most sensitive incision into its already stretched military, shaving around 8% off its $59 billion military budget over the next five years . ---
A scalpel, or lancet, is a small and extremely sharp bladed instrument used for surgery, anatomical dissection, and various arts and crafts (called a hobby knife). Scalpels may be single-use disposable or re-usable, re-usable scalpels can have attached, resharpenable blades or, more commonly, non-attached, replaceable blades. Disposable scalpels usually have a plastic handle with an extensible blade (like a utility knife) and are used once, then the entire instrument discarded. Double-edged scalpels are referred to as "lancets".
whet a knife on a stone
2 〈欲望・興味などを〉そそる, 刺激する((for ...))
whet a person's appetite for ...
1 とぐこと, 研磨.
2 刺激物；((略式))食欲をそそる物, 食前酒.