from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Weapons carried by the side or at the belt, in contradistinction to musket, lance, etc.: especially applied to the swords of officers, which they are sometimes allowed to retain in the case of a capitulation, when other arms are surrendered to the victor.


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  • Only two of Flashman's side-arms appear to have survived: his Khyber knife, bequeathed to Mr Paget Morrison, the custodian of his papers, and a Tranter revolver from Cartwright of Norwich, engraved with the owner's name, now in the possession of Mr Garry James of Los Angeles, California. [p. 303] 16.


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  • Both officers rose to their feet quickly, and looked for their side-arms which they had unbuckled.

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