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  • n. A magician, or character that is skilled in both physical combat and the use of magic. Most gish characters use their magical abilities to increase their own personal combat abilities (known as "buffing").
  • n. An outsider.


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The term originates in the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) game, where it originally referred to a Githyanki fighter/wizard combination.


  • They have at their disposal rhetorical tricks like the gish gallop.

    2010 March 3 | Serendipity

  • Monbiot has long been a critic of the debate format for discussing climate change, because it allow denialists (who only have to sow doubt) to engage in the gish gallop, which forces anyone who cares about the truth to engage in a hopeless game of whack-a-mole.

    2009 December 1 | Serendipity

  • I think the next role Brad has to do is portray a young-gish Robert Redford. blog comments powered by Disqus

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  • It was Magath's sole decision to spend big on big (gish) names such as the striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and the attacking midfielder José Manuel Jurado instead of concentrating on defence, where Christoph Metzelder does his best to remind everyone why Bild dubbed him "Brother Snore" during the 2008 Euros.

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  • Deny there is a problem and run with Big Carbon and schill loud enough at a 'gish gallop' love that phrase! that we should all be luddites or shut up – and you really will procrastinate us all into a mess we can't fathom.

    Scientist Discusses Latest Report of Rising Global Temperatures | Universe Today

  • I hope this fellow gets over whatever he has, but gish…get this trial going and convict the guitly dude!

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  • Mine come out in a “gah – gish!” sound more often than not, so if possible, I work hard for more of an “atchoo.” on October 26, 2007 at 2:40 pm | Reply sphyrnatude

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  • And gish! how they gushed away, the pennyfares, a whole school for scamper, with their sashes flying sish behind them, all the little pirlypettes!

    Finnegans Wake

  • Additionally, is there an equivalent to the “galloping gish” on the science side?

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  • When the second series of trumpet triplets wavered across the lowlands, it seemed as though no time had passed, although the unseen sun now offered the oran-gish light of the time just past dawn, but that light did not yet fall upon the trampled grasses of the meadow itself, and shadows covered but the eastern side of the lowland meadow.

    The Shadow Sorceress


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  • I have heard the term gish before, but with a completely different meaning: to kill, to squish. As in: He gishes the spider. My dad found it many years ago in a cartoon in Mad Magazine and now my whole family uses it.

    February 12, 2016

  • A water balloon breaking on Susie Derkin's head. From Calvin and Hobbes. See Match the Onomatopoeia.

    December 18, 2007