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side arm

noun, Military.
a weapon, as a pistol or sword, carried at the side or in the belt.
Origin of side arm
First recorded in 1680-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Monte Alegre lies on a side arm of the Amazons, a little off from its main course.

  • Dave Moroka relaxed, the side arm dropping back into its holster.

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  • Major Lyon observed the movement, and ordered the man with the side arm to be brought to him.

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  • Raf's eyes met Soriki's, and the com-tech's hand dropped to hook fingers in his belt within touching distance of his side arm.

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