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  • It was originally a Spanish expression for the final sword-thrust in a bull-fight, the one that finishes off the bull after the matador is done taunting and tormenting him.

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  • Henry James pined, via a Hamlet metaphor, for some industrious scholar to find the true author by “the sharper point, the more extended lunge,” seemingly forgetting that the Prince of Denmark’s sword-thrust through the arras killed the wrong man.

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  • The gentlemen having defeated these villains, the owner of the house being among the slain, and having learned that the wife was still worse than himself, despatched her after him with a sword-thrust.

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  • One of the centurions, Crastinus, who we mentioned earlier, fought gallantly and died from a sword-thrust in the face.

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  • I deflected a sword-thrust with my shield and drew my own blade, screaming a wild eastern battle cry.

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  • The gentlemen having defeated these villains, the owner of the house being among the slain, and having learned that the wife was still worse than himself, despatched her after him with a sword-thrust.

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  • To my feet I start, but all unarmed; and as I peer about and grope to find my sword, a stalwart hand from somewhere nigh dealt me a sword-thrust beneath the ribs.

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  • One of the centurions, Crastinus, who we mentioned earlier, fought gallantly and died from a sword-thrust in the face.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • To my feet I start, but all unarmed; and as I peer about and grope to find my sword, a stalwart hand from somewhere nigh dealt me a sword-thrust beneath the ribs.

    Rhesus

  • I deflected a sword-thrust with my shield and drew my own blade, screaming a wild eastern battle cry.

    Archive 2008-03-01

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