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backsword

[bak-sawrd, -sohrd] /ˈbækˌsɔrd, -ˌsoʊrd/
noun
1.
a sword with only one sharp edge; broadsword.
2.
(formerly) a cudgel having a basket hilt, used in fencing exhibitions.
3.
Origin of backsword
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; back1 + sword
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  • My backsword play hath been thought well of by stout men of war.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • backsword play: the game of single-stick, or fencing with cudgels.

    Tom Brown at Rugby Thomas Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for backsword

backsword

/ˈbækˌsɔːd/
noun
1.
another name for broadsword
2.
Also called backswordsman. a person who uses the backsword
3.
a fencing stick with a basket-like protective hilt
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