Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Milit., the staff or baton of a field-marshal.
  • n. A staff with a hook in one end, used to lead a bull by putting the hook through a ring in his nose.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • It is true that, did they not propose themselves as fit to hold my leading-staff, little should I care for plucking the silken trappings off the puppets thou hast shown me in succession.

    The Talisman

  • The designs purport to represent the Duke's battles and sieges; and everywhere we see the hero himself, as large as life, and as gorgeous in scarlet and gold as the holy sisters could make him, with a three-cornered hat and flowing wig, reining in his horse, and extending his leading-staff in the attitude of command.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 48, October, 1861

  • My leading-staff were not worth a fool's bauble, had he escaped my notice --- and he had ere now tasted of our bounty, but that I have also marked his overweening and audacious presumption. ''

    The Talisman

  • It is true, that, did they not propose themselves as fit to hold my leading-staff, little should I care for plucking the silken trappings off the puppets thou hast shown me in succession --- What concerns it me what fine tinsel robes they swagger in, unless when they are named as rivals in the glorious enterprise to which I have vowed myself?

    The Talisman

  • He ran forward towards the leading-staff, seized it, and wrenched the animal's head as if he would snap it off.

    The Mayor of Casterbridge

  • Blessed art thou, Oliver, on account of thine honour — thy cause is clear, thy call is undoubted — never has defeat come near thy leading-staff, nor disaster attended thy banner.

    Woodstock

  • He pointed with his leading-staff, or truncheon, to the background, where, in such perspective as the artist possessed, were depicted the remains of a burning church, or monastery, and four or five soldiers, in red cassocks, bearing away in triumph what seemed a brazen font or laver.

    Woodstock

  • As he spoke, a sudden gleam of light was thrown with a brilliancy which almost dazzled the speaker, showing distinctly a form somewhat resembling that of Victor Lee, as represented in his picture, holding in one hand a lady completely veiled, and in the other his leading-staff, or truncheon.

    Woodstock

  • England, am nevertheless exalted to the rank of holding the guidance and the leading-staff thereof. —

    Woodstock

  • Everard was too much interested about the fate of his uncle and his fair cousin, and the prospect of restoring them to their quiet home, under the protection of that formidable truncheon which was already regarded as the leading-staff of England, to remark, that certainly a great alteration had taken place in the manners and outward behaviour at least of his companion.

    Woodstock

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