Dikes is short for diagonal cutters. At least, that's what I've been told.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email@example.com [mailto:shop-talk-
> firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Mike Frerichs
> Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 1:34 PM
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> Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] auto shop slang
> I've often heard wire cutters referred to as dykes (dikes?). I'm not even
> going to hazard a guess as to how that name came about.
> Mike Frerichs
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Mark Andy
> > Side cutters instead of wire snips or diagonal cutters or whatever
> > really called.
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