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Brandish   /brˈændɪʃ/   Listen
Brandish

verb
(past & past part. brandished; pres. part. brandishing)
1.
Move or swing back and forth.  Synonyms: flourish, wave.
2.
Exhibit aggressively.






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"Brandish" Quotes from Famous Books



... sinking calmly to rest than a mad giant setting out to slaughter friend and foe. The "distortion," as already pointed out, is the exaggerated description of the mad warrior rage, just as the fear which produced death to those who saw him brandish his weapons, was also produced by Maori warrior methods.[474] Lug, who may be a sun-god, has no such "distortion." The cooling of the hero in three vats, the waters of which boil over, and his emergence ...
— The Religion of the Ancient Celts • J. A. MacCulloch

... "There the breach lies for passage, the ladder to scale; And your hands on your sabres, and how should ye fail? He who first downs with the red cross may crave[381] His heart's dearest wish; let him ask it, and have!" Thus uttered Coumourgi, the dauntless Vizier;[382] The reply was the brandish of sabre and spear, 720 And the shout of fierce thousands in joyous ...
— The Works Of Lord Byron, Vol. 3 (of 7) • Lord Byron

... only met with failure; so he was tempted to brandish his successes. He gave a humorous description of his friends—how he had picked them up; how they had supplied him with horses to ride and guns ...
— Mike Fletcher - A Novel • George (George Augustus) Moore

... pleasure," and I assured him that I had not found it fascinating, and that my experience had cost me eighteen-pence, the cheapness of which he had to admit. I am glad that I added up my expenses, for that eighteen-pence was very useful, it was such a delightfully ridiculous sum to brandish at any one who thought that I was trotting ...
— Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate • Charles Turley

... the earth, instead of holes and corners, and feed and run about the streets and fields in the open day, like dogs and sheep, the whole nation would be horror-stricken, and, ultimately, there would not be a man, woman, or child able to brandish a stick, but would have a dog, stick, or gun for their destruction wherever they met with them. And are we to suppose, because they carry on their ravages in the dark, that they are less destructive? Certainly not; and my object in making ...
— Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851 • Various

... of everything; but that law was a trifle too remote to be a potent source of comfort to a quivering mind. Besides, when, in all probability, it was that same law, either in breach or in observance, which had caused the trouble, it seemed a little bit unmerciful to brandish the cause ...
— The Brentons • Anna Chapin Ray

... thought; so prithee judge again. Besides, although my master's pen may wander Through devious paths, by which it ought not stray, His life is pure, beyond the breath of slander: So pardon grant; 'tis merely but his way. Some rugged ruffian makes a hideous rout— Brandish thy cudgel, threaten him to baste; The filthy fungus far from thee cast out; Such noxious banquets never suit my taste. Yet, calm and cautious moderate thy ire, Be ever courteous should the case allow— Sweet malt is ever made by gentle fire: ...
— The Anatomy of Melancholy • Democritus Junior

... durance? turn them free, With all their brandish'd reams they run to me: Is there a 'prentice, having seen two plays, Who would do something ...
— The Poetical Works Of Alexander Pope, Vol. 1 • Alexander Pope et al

... roly-poly, with a little round mouth and big round eyes, and a curlicue of topknot that he wagged in emphasis as a unicorn might brandish his horn. Mr. Harnden considered that he was a good talker. He was considerably piqued by Britt's apparent failure to get interested, although the banker was making considerable of an effort to return suitable replies when the inventor pinned ...
— When Egypt Went Broke • Holman Day

... strange feeling of unrest seizes us then! What becomes of those phantoms of tranquil pride, the will and prudence? Force itself, that mistress of the world, that sword of man in the combat of life, in vain do we brandish it over our heads in wrath, in vain do we seek to ward off with it a blow which threatens us; an invisible power turns aside the point, and all the impetus of effort, deflected into space, serves only to ...
— Serge Panine • Georges Ohnet

... who appear in the theatrical pieces above-mentioned, make a great deal more noise than your stationary tragedians; and if they have to denounce a villain, to declare a passion, or to threaten an enemy, they roar, stamp, shake their fists, and brandish their sabres, so that every man who sees the play has surely a full pennyworth for his penny. Thus Madame la Duchesse d'Ivry perhaps a little exaggerated her heroines' parts liking to strike her audiences quickly, and also to change them often. ...
— The Newcomes • William Makepeace Thackeray



Words linked to "Brandish" :   wigwag, wafture, waving, hold, expose, display, displace, exhibit, move, take hold



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