Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A switch or light cane used as a whip by equestrians.
“Holy Saints! she holds up her riding-rod as if she would lay it about some of their ears, that stand most in her way — by the hand of my father! she bears herself like the very model of pagehood. —”
“Gunnar smote Thorgeir with his riding-rod, and down falls Thorgeir senseless; but”
“Gunnar was in a red kirtle, and had about his loins a broad belt, and a great riding-rod in his hand.”
“The woman had another stone ready, which she made as if she would cast; and he, to ward himself, threw up the hand that held his riding-rod.”
“He came into the house at his alighting, with a riding-rod yet in his hand; and, on the servant-maid telling him, caught her by the scruff of the neck, beat her violently, flung her down in the passageway, and went upstairs to his bed fasting and without a light.”
“To have a riding-rod and spurs, and never a horse to sit upon!”
“It was a strange thing to feel in one's hand this weapon, which was no heavier than a riding-rod, and which it was difficult to suppose would prove more dangerous.”
“He then returned to his chair, and throwing himself back into it at his length, stretched out one manly leg, and tapping his jack-boot with the riding-rod which he carried in his hand, after the manner of a half-bred man who affects ease in the society of his betters, he delivered his unasked opinion as follows: --- ` ` This house of yours, now, Sir”
“I've talked myself blue with cold to make them slope the sides of their dyke, but the owl Kitson says no Yorkshireman ditcher ever went but by one fashion, and none ever shall; and when I lifted my riding-rod at the most insolent of the rogues, what must Trenton do but tell me the lot were free yeomen, and”
“One of them held an ivory-handled riding-rod, the other the reins of the well-fed jennet, on which the lady, on a fine afternoon, late in the Carnival, was cantering home through the lanes of the Bocage, after a successful morning's hawking among the wheat-ears.”
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