left-hand dagger



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Definition for left-hand dagger (2 of 2)

main gauche
[ French man gohsh ]
/ French mɛ̃ ˈgoʊʃ /


a dagger of the 16th and 17th centuries, held in the left hand in dueling and used to parry the sword of an opponent.
Also called left-hand dagger.

Origin of main gauche

< French: literally, left hand
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