Whenever an injustice occurred, Hitchens would declare, “The pen of the Hitch will flash from its scabbard.”
Step into yonder boat, row to the sword, and take it, together with the scabbard.
I drew my revolver from the scabbard, and fired in the direction in which I had thrown him.
His girdle and the scabbard of his sword were of cloth of silver, with golden buckles.
Why, the jewels in the scabbard are more splendid than the big ruby in his crown!
He picked up his sword, and wiped it with a lace handkerchief and thrust it into its scabbard.
Then, when he had transferred the pistol from his pocket to the scabbard, he assisted the girl.
Brown stepped to the sword, jerked it out of the ground and returned it to his scabbard in three motions.
He left his sword ready in the scabbard, and his dag primed for use.
Your safety lies on the sword's point; draw it and throw away the scabbard.
c.1300, from Anglo-French *escauberc "sheath, vagina" (13c.), from Frankish or another Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *sker-berg-, literally "sword-protector," from *skar "blade" (cf. Old High German scar "scissors, blade, sword," from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut;" see shear) + *berg- "protect" (cf. Old High German bergan "to protect;" see bury).