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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a metal ball of small size, with a string attached, used by ruffians for striking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A weapon consisting of a metal ball or a stone slung to a short strap, chain, or braided leather handle, or in any similar way: it is used by roughs and criminals, and is a dangerous weapon.

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