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[sahyd-ahrm] /ˈsaɪdˌɑrm/
with a swinging motion of the arm moving to the side of the body at shoulder level or below and nearly parallel to the ground:
to pitch sidearm.
thrown or performed sidearm:
a sidearm curve ball; sidearm stroke.
Origin of sidearm
First recorded in 1925-30; side1 + arm1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He strode out of the office, hooking his sidearm belt from a hanger as he went by.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • Gonzales was zipping up his tunic and putting on his belt and sidearm.

    Oomphel in the Sky Henry Beam Piper
  • After all, a kirpan was a sidearm, and his religion required him to carry that.

    Four-Day Planet Henry Beam Piper
  • Even worse, the pressure at his hip told him that he hadn't even bothered to take his sidearm off.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • As Barrent came through the doorway, two of the men moved back; the third, his sidearm negligently lowered, stepped forward.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • He oughtn't even to be trusted with a sidearm, let alone five companies of armed soldiers.

    Ministry of Disturbance Henry Beam Piper
  • Glycerol in various percentages in 2.9 percent sodium citrate dihydrate solution was placed in the sidearm of the Warburg flasks.

  • The resulting glycerol percentages after mixing the sidearm and main compartment contents were 0, 4, 8, and 12 percent.

  • I'll hand over my sidearm to you just before your men come through the air lock.

    The Highest Treason Randall Garrett
Word Origin and History for sidearm

also side-arm, 1908, from side (adj.) + arm (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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