- n. Plural form of banderilla.
“The bull, after being thrown, realizes he is at their mercy, and lies passive; or trembling with fear and pain, while the brutal clowns spring astride the prostrated beast, and with no gentle hand tear the banderillas from the quivering flesh, which, still warm and dripping with blood, are sold as trophies at one and two dollars each.”
“Thenlater two razor-sharp barbed sticks called banderillas are planted into his flankscausing further loss of blood and weakness -- giving, in my opinion, an unfair advantage to the matador.”
“A member of the Anima Naturalis organisation, with "banderillas" attached to his body and covered in fake blood - simulating the condition of a bull during the course of a bullfight - protested on the Plaza de la Paz, in central Guanajuato, the city where the festival is celebrated every year.”
“Mocking Olés! showered down on Hernando like tiny banderillas, until finally and again the burning intensity of the matador's emerald eyes pulled Carlos to him and at last Carlos made a passive attempt at a charge.”
“But at each faena, the tragedy ended as the last—with broken banderillas, broken swords, and an exhausted Hernando conceding defeat, unable to pierce the shoulder blades of the evermore accommodating bull.”
“In the Second Act, Hernando, full of theatrics, set the banderillas himself, jumping, stabbing deep into the shoulder muscle with two heavy fists, then dancing awayto the delight of the crowd.”
“Picadors use a lance, the Torereo uses banderillas and in the last stage a sword.”
“After the banderillas have been placed a trumpet sounds and the matador enters.”
“Working on foot, they will rush at the bull, and skillfully, avoiding the horns, place the banderillas (brightly adorned, barbed sticks) in the bull's shoulders.”
“They come at him one at a time, waving their brightly-colored banderillas, the long, barbed sticks that are to be planted in the bull's hump, two sticks at a time, one run for each of the banderilleros.”
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From Notre Dame de Paris by good ole Victor Hugo. (Also called The Hunchback of Notre Dame.)
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