Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Weapons carried by the side or at the belt, in contradistinction to musket, lance, etc.: especially applied to the swords of officers, which they are sometimes allowed to retain in the case of a capitulation, when other arms are surrendered to the victor.
“The kranks and the kooks are out there waiving signs and carrying side-arms to political meetings because yeah, maybe they don't have a life, or they're just that scared, but we need to hear from everyone, especially the sane and the sensible.”
“Only two of Flashman's side-arms appear to have survived: his Khyber knife, bequeathed to Mr Paget Morrison, the custodian of his papers, and a Tranter revolver from Cartwright of Norwich, engraved with the owner's name, now in the possession of Mr Garry James of Los Angeles, California. [p. 303] 16.”
“They say you could lose fingers or an entire hand; some trophy musky fishermen carry side-arms.”
“At the Hit High School cafetorium, the governor spoke to approximately 120 municipal officials, tribal leaders, Iraqi police officials and US Marines -- and between all of them, I counted 75 side-arms and 25 M-16s.”
“Senator Colin Kenney, the committee chair, says that unless the government is willing to place an RCMP officer at each border outpost, the guards need to carry side-arms for their own protection ...”
“Both officers rose to their feet quickly, and looked for their side-arms which they had unbuckled.”
“Are you slapping on your side-arms, pulling on your long brownish-colored coats and thumbing your crisp new bills in anticipation of the cinematic event of the year?”
“As you point out, one thing that evolves in revolutions is the weaponry — the internet, faxes & phones being our side-arms.”
“Sword hilts glinted at right hips, side-arms on the left.”
““Officers may retain their side-arms,” to save General”
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