from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A combat or fight with swords.


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  • How much more convincing would Cool Hand Luke have been as a charming layabout if there was a scene in the middle of the movie where he had to leap through the glass roof of an art show while throwing smoke bombs in every direction, then land and have a sword-fight in the smoke with a terrorist who was scoping out the building to blow it up?

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  • So let me get this straight: competitors ski across flat land for a while, then ski downhill, then stop and shoot some stuff, then drop their guns and sword-fight with each other, then jump onto horses and ride them away through the snow?

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  • Lost and gone, a joke, something from those silly sword-fight movies.

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  • Ready to hand is Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia in which children, at least in Narnia, can sword-fight with adults, so there's no reason why young adolescents couldn't also romance princesses, at least after they've entered the fantasy world and become adults or adult-like.

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  • Not to mention a good sword-fight or battle as well.

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  • One example: whether to allow his older students to use toy weapons for the big sword-fight scene in the school's production of "Peter Pan."

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  • Readers seem to love Specialness in their heroes, whereas it makes me annoyed and suspicious: "Skywalker gets to sword-fight in the air and brilliantly fly fighter craft that he's never even trained on; whereas I have to practice these damn side kicks over and over."

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  • Zambello also had an international reputation for directing major operas and theatrical productions everywhere from the Metropolitan Opera ( "She got Plácido Domingo to sword-fight in Cyrano!" says Schumacher) to Disneyland, where she staged Aladdin.

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  • Instead she says "I will only submit to a man who will defeat me in battle" and he actually has to have a serious sword-fight with her just to get laid.

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  • Then he asked me how I learned how to sword-fight like a Superior.

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