from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A single cut with a knife.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cut produced by a drawing movement of a cutting-tool.
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River of Light might have taken the arm completely had he not met the draw-cut with a desperately quick Rain in High Wind.
The one thing that I remember clearly is a set-to with swords that I had with a big fellow, just as we had come close to the Citadel, that ended in a way (that would have surprised him mightily had he lived long enough to comprehend it) by my finishing him by means of a stop-thrust followed by a beautiful draw-cut that was a famous stroke with my old sabre-master at Leipsic.
It was just in time, for in another instant the blind man's ankle would have struck severely against the keen scythe edge, which by accident or malignant design was so placed that its cut would have proved most dangerous, that is to say, in a slightly diagonal position -- that is, it would have produced what is known to swordsmen as a draw-cut.
"Well, yes; but stand well at arm's length, and give a good, careful, sweeping draw-cut with your knife."
Proof of the correctness of his words was given by a red mark or two on the surface of the stone as the writhings ceased and the reptile began once more to raise itself, quivering slowly till it was rigid, and at its full height, when without a moment's pause the knife flashed again, there was a vigorous draw-cut, and the dangerous head dropped with a loud pat on the stone, leaving the erect neck and body stiffly poised for a few moments, slowly waving to and fro, before falling like a piece of stick, and seeming to break as part fell out of sight.