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  • n. Plural form of bravo. Paid desperadoes or assassins. Wanton mercenaries.

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Examples

  • Walking lepers followed, rank on rank, Lurching bravos from the ditches dank, Drabs from the alleyways and drug fiends paleMinds still passion-ridden, soul-powers frail: Vermin-eaten saints with mouldy breath, Unwashed legions with the ways of Death (Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?)

    The Modern Troubadour

  • Imperceptibly over the coming months, bands of armed men -- the Italians called them "bravos" -- would gather in Orvieto to do Daoud's bidding.

    The Saracen: Land of the Infidel

  • On the other hand, there will be the chance of coming across Indians; and as those on the Veraguan coast are ranked among the "bravos" -- having preserved their independence, and along with it their instinctive hostility to the whites -- an encounter with them might be even more dangerous than with any _alcalde_.

    The Flag of Distress A Story of the South Sea

  • Ian Bostridge, singing one of the performances of his career as Aschenbach in the English National Opera’s overwhelming production of Britten’s “Death in Venice” won sustained bravos from a grateful audience of seated opera lovers.

    London Journal: No Standing Please. We’re British. - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Someone with the bravos was a good tracker, because Alucius could tell that they were following the general path he had, and that certainly meant that they were following him.

    Darkness

  • Acting as a go-between for Daoud and the bravos was a mission at which

    The Saracen: Land of the Infidel

  • Why should I look for the "bravos" of others when I get these compliments at home?

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 The Whole Extant Correspodence in Chronological Order

  • The "bravos" of a devoted few were drowned at once by the

    The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters

  • It is honest to give value for your wages; and the "bravos" of ancient Venice who kept their stilettos in good order and never failed to deliver the stab bargained for with their employers, considered themselves an honest body of professional men, no doubt.

    Notes on Life and Letters

  • Suddenly there was the report of a gun, and, five minutes afterwards, we greeted with "bravos" the triumphant "Hiou! hiou!" of the Indian, who, streaming with water, came to dry himself at the fire.

    Aventures d'un jeune naturaliste. English

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