A rapier and a dagger found on the Thames foreshore show us that swordfights routinely broke out on the streets of London.
rapier shopped the script around, but thankfully no one wanted to pick it up.
His own inherited martial spirit had vaguely approved; he, too, in those earlier days, had felt the sunlight upon his rapier.
Skill with the rapier did not necessarily imply skill with the cudgel.
He clapped his hand to his side for his rapier, but, being a prisoner, of course found it not.
Come, take-a your rapier, and come after my heel to the court.
Her rapier wit confused and amazed me; her sudden revelation of our kinship confounded me.
Take your rapier, Jack; I vill tell you how I vill kill him.
We gentlemen of Norfolk sometimes try conclusions with the cudgel before the rapier comes into play.
The man with his face to me tossed his rapier impatiently into a corner.
"light, sharp-pointed sword," 1550s, from Middle French rapière, from espee rapiere "long, pointed two-edged sword" (late 15c.), in which the adjective is of uncertain origin, perhaps from derisive use of raspiere "poker, scraper." Dutch, Danish rapier, German Rappier are from French.