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. —

    The Getting of Wisdom


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