from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An accidental or slyly given stroke; a side-blow or side-wind; a ruse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An accidental or a slyly given stroke.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An incidental or sly stroke; a side-blow; a ruse.
From by- + stroke. (Wiktionary)
The reason for this by-stroke she could not have told: the detail she imparted did not differ substantially from those that had gone before. —