from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A walking-stick hollowed to form the sheath of a steel blade, of which the handle or grip is generally the upper or thicker end of the cane; also, a cane from which a short blade like that of a dagger may be drawn, or caused to shoot out on touching a spring.


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  • Plus, you can't go far wrong with a sword-cane forged and inscribed by a saint.

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  • Chesterton, who wore a cape and carried a sword-cane just in case he might have an heroic adventure thrust upon him?

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  • National Guard bearing the number of his legion, and in his belt, two pistols which his unbuttoned coat allowed to be seen, Jean Prouvaire an old cavalry musket, Bahorel a rifle; Courfeyrac was brandishing an unsheathed sword-cane.

    Les Miserables

  • Feuilly were making cartridges with the powder-flask picked up by Gavroche on the dead corporal, and Bossuet said to Feuilly: “We are soon to take the diligence for another planet”; Courfeyrac was disposing and arranging on some paving-stones which he had reserved for himself near Enjolras, a complete arsenal, his sword-cane, his gun, two holster pistols, and a cudgel, with the care of a young girl setting a small dunkerque in order.

    Les Miserables

  • Charlie reached into the van, took out his sword-cane and flashlight, and butt-bumped the door shut.

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  • Strolled up the block into Chinatown, pacing out the sidewalk jauntily with his sword-cane, the suit inside a light garment bag thrown over his shoulder.

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  • “But we had to take your gun and your sword-cane, because those things are frowned upon.”

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  • He waited until the bobcat guy was about three feet over his head before he tucked the sword-cane down inside the Lexan plate strapped over his back and started the climb himself.

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  • She poised them over his eyes and he reached for his sword-cane against the wall.

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  • Charlie stood there, watching her go, balancing the hamsters and his completely useless sword-cane while trying to dig his cell phone out of his jacket pocket.

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