switch cane


noun

See under cane(def 5).

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Origin of switch cane

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45

Definition for switch cane (2 of 2)

cane
[ keyn ]
/ keɪn /

noun

verb (used with object), caned, can·ing.

to flog with a cane.
to furnish or make with cane: to cane chairs.

Origin of cane

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin canna < Greek kánna < Semitic; compare Akkadian qanū, Hebrew qāneh reed

OTHER WORDS FROM cane

cane·like, adjectivecan·y, adjectivere·cane, verb (used with object), re·caned, re·can·ing.un·caned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for switch cane (1 of 2)

cane1
/ (keɪn) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived forms of cane

caner, noun

Word Origin for cane

C14: from Old French, from Latin canna, from Greek kanna, of Semitic origin; related to Arabic qanāh reed

British Dictionary definitions for switch cane (2 of 2)

cane2
/ (keɪn) /

noun

dialect a female weasel

Word Origin for cane

C18: of unknown origin
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