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- Evocative of the saying "sticks and stones may (or will) break my bones, but words (or names) will never hurt (or harm) me".
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They started by throwing all the dirt clods they could find at each other, then progressed to hitting their opponents with fists before they finally took up sticks and stones to begin killing each other for real.
The sight of this stampede exerted a flood-like force that seemed able to drag sticks and stones and men from the ground.
Moreover, the actual wound is less considered in Moslem law than the instrument which caused it: so sticks and stones are venial weapons, whilst sword and dagger, gun and pistol are felonious.