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  • noun fencing A very rapid attack made by a jump forward and lunge


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  • That attaque au fer, ballestra, and liement were perfect!

    Archive 2009-01-01 Steve Perry 2009

  • I adjusted the distance between us with a short ballestra and, just as both his feet left the ground, gave him an ungentle side-kick to the solar plexus.

    The Forever War Haldeman, Joe 1975

  • Having just stumbled upon the Mike Shedlock-Peter Schiff online feud as Schiff had executed a fine compound-riposte in response to Mish's dazzling ballestra-lunge earlier in the week, it suddenly became clear that data supporting one of the central arguments on one of my favorite subjects - "deflation" - was in dire need of an update.

    The Mess That Greenspan Made 2009


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  • a short advance followed by a lunge.

    February 6, 2007

  • Frindley respectfully offers balestra as a preferred spelling. (This Italian word, with the one-l, means "crossbow" and there just can't not be a connection there.)

    August 28, 2008