- to shake or wave, as a weapon; flourish: Brandishing his sword, he rode into battle.
- a flourish or waving, as of a weapon.
Origin of brandish
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Examples from the Web for brandish
Those who do nothing to end the slaughter are as complicit as those who brandish their weapons.The Coalition of the Unwilling
September 7, 2013
It does not give you license to brandish a gun and wave it around.American Gun Law 5
December 18, 2012
Both Cameron and Sarkozy will now brandish their cojones, claiming to have had “a good war.”Libya War’s Unsung Heroes
August 22, 2011
As with his Harvard degree, Obama did not hesitate to brandish his pretty white wife with the Boston accent.The Tragic Life of Barack Obama’s Father
Sally H. Jacobs
July 10, 2011
I began to shout and to brandish my arms in a terrible manner.Mauprat
Why brandish in that hand of thine a javelin of pointed steel?The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories
What is your stick good for that you brandish it so proudly?Sagas from the Far East
This the ape at once laid hold of, and began to brandish like a hammer.Animal Intelligence
George J. Romanes
Fricker had his lesson to give and his scourge to brandish too.The Intrusions of Peggy
- to wave or flourish (a weapon) in a triumphant, threatening, or ostentatious way
- a threatening or defiant flourish
Word Origin and History for brandish
mid-14c., from Old French brandiss-, present participle stem of brandir "to flourish (a sword)" (12c.), from brant "blade of a sword, prow of a ship," of Frankish origin (see brand (n.)). Related: Brandished; brandishing.