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- n. Plural form of handstroke.
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There will be hard handstrokes nigh at hand ere the day is full.
Their weapons be arrows, and at handstrokes not swords but pole-axes; and engines for war they devise and invent wondrous wittily.
But above all Sir Eustace de Ribeaumont was at great pains to meet us worthily, and he was at handstrokes with the King for a long time.
There was a bickering of small boats, was there not, and I chanced upon a most worthy person and exchanged handstrokes with him?
The bow, however, was little esteemed by Greek warriors who desired to come to handstrokes, just as it was despised, to their frequent ruin, by the Scots in the old wars with England.
Now if he take and followe reason for his guide, beholde on the other part wonderfull difficulties: he must resolue to fight in euery part of the field: at euery step to be in conflict, and at handstrokes, as hauing his enemy in front, in flanke, and on the reareward, neuer leauing to assaile him.
Bethink you that if ten of them were against us it is likely that half of us would be down before ever we came to handstrokes. "