American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Chiefly British To strike on the open palm of the hand with a cane or strap for punishment at school.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stroke on the palm of the hand, as with a cane or strap; a punishment in schools.
- To slap, as the hand.
- n. A Hindu; a sepoy: especially applied by the British troops to the Sepoys in the Indian mutiny of 1857-8.
- Probably from Latin pandē, imperative sg. of pandēre, to spread out, open (the palm); see petə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“& pandy aka shankaraccarya hindutva party workers like babu bajrangi raping pragnent women are to be defened by party with a diierence president rajnath singh”
“However, this first of the Indian sepoy rebels gained an appropriate immortality: the British word for any native mutineer thereafter was "pandy".”
“D'ye know, that Irish lunatic absolutely ran the gauntlet of pandy fire to get back into Lucknow, and bring out Outram and Havelock in person (with the poor old Gravedigger hardly able to hobble along) just so that they could greet Sir Colin as he covered the last few furlongs?”
“It was dawn, and across the flat maidan, in front of the pandy gun positions, men were moving - hundreds of them.”
“He tried hard enough, but found that the pandy forces, while they didn't make best use of their overwhelming numbers, fought better defensive actions than anyone had expected, and Havelock got a couple of black eyes before he'd gone ten miles, and had to fall back.”
“One of the pandies stirred, and pulled himself up on one knee; Wheeler, his arm still round the babu, whipped up his revolver and fired, and the pandy flopped back in the dust.”
“My front-gallopers swerved in among the jumble of fallen masonry and scorched timbers, howling like dervishes; I saw one of them sabring down a pandy who thrust up at him with musket and bayonet, while another rode slap into a big, white-dhotied fellow who was springing at him with a spear.”
“Yes, a week at most," says he, and pointed out how he had sited his left and right attacks opposite the strongest points in the rebel defences, which our gunners were pounding with red-hot shot, keeping the pandy fire-parties busy quelling the flames which you could see here and there behind the walls, flickering crazily through the heat-haze.”
“On either side of the slope there were groups of pandies with their bayonets fixed, glowering but doing nothing to help, and off to one side I saw a little gaily-dressed group of natives by a temple on a knoll - Azeemoolah was there, talking to Wheeler, who was gesturing towards the barges, so I walked across towards them, through the silent groups of pandy riflemen, and as I came up Azeemoolah was saying:”
“I knew Kavanaugh, a great freckled Irish bumpkin of a civilian who'd spent the siege playing tig with pandy besiegers in the tunnels beneath our defences - mad as a hatter.”
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