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  • n. Plural form of shillelagh.

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Examples

  • The prohibition on nunchuks goes way beyond NYC, as do prohibitions on switchblades, sword canes, belt-buckle knives, and shillelaghs.

    On Sotomayor and Your Guns

  • Since the late Victorian/early Edwardian era was the heyday of the walking stick, the claim that a single gentleman, skilled in bartitsu, could beat away a band of ruffians armed with “cudgels, knives, shillelaghs, bonkers, batons, and even truncheons,” was immensely appealing.

    The Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes | Edwardian Promenade

  • Oh, in the name of Saint Patrick, banish the snakes of ignorance from the Isle of our Incertitude and tell us, like a good chap, before the Guinness takes hold and we fall upon each other with shillelaghs and bring the question to decision in the time-honored way which this day itself sanctifies.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » European Languages Outside Europe

  • It's the hoary old "conversation with a taxicab driver" story, a terrible reportorial habit that's ordinarily beaten out of reporters by editors, with shillelaghs!

    BP Sends PR Professionals To Gulf Coast To Pretend To Be Journalists

  • Oh, in the name of Saint Patrick, banish the snakes of ignorance from the Isle of our Incertitude and tell us, like a good chap, before the Guinness takes hold and we fall upon each other with shillelaghs and bring the question to decision in the time-honored way which this day itself sanctifies.liamascorcaighQuote

    The Volokh Conspiracy » European Languages Outside Europe

  • Men in one part of the city wore bowler hats and carried silver-knobbed canes; men just a block away wore green and carried shillelaghs.

    Double Blind

  • Once used for fighting, the sticks, or shillelaghs, provide sturdy, lightweight support for hikers.

    Gift Suggestions for Travelers

  • But, I say, is this an easy chair to sit on, when you are liable to have a pair of such shillelaghs flung at it?

    Roundabout Papers

  • Ah my dear little enemy of the T. R, D., what were the cudgels in YOUR little billet-doux compared to those noble New York shillelaghs?

    Roundabout Papers

  • This he said because it had been said at Fontenoy, but chiefly because his own men were only armed with shillelaghs, and therefore could not fire.

    The History of the Next French Revolution

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