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side arm

noun Military.
  1. a weapon, as a pistol or sword, carried at the side or in the belt.
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Origin of side arm

First recorded in 1680–90
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of side arm

  • He didn't go to his cabin; didn't even take off his side-arm.

    Subspace Survivors

    E. E. Smith

  • On one of these doors Leicester was hammering with his side-arm, the Portuguese standing by on the step below.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • Dirk, dėrk, n. a Highland dagger or poniard: a side-arm worn by midshipmen and cadets of the royal navy.

  • Jack noticed that a Bavarian helmet and side-arm hung from the knapsack of one, a mere freckled lad, downy and dimpled.

    Lorraine

    Robert W. Chambers

  • Others to the Old-German, Laz, from latus; the weapon being therefore a "side-arm."