- to engage in combat; fight.
- to disagree violently; argue: The board members crossed swords in the selection of a president.
Origin of sword
Examples from the Web for sword
But then the sword is miraculously returned to him, and he girds for battle once again.
Jonathan Gruber, the economist who helped design Romneycare and the Affordable Care Act, falls on his sword before Congress.
Unlike all the trailers and screen shots for the movie, in the Bible Moses never holds a sword or wears armor.
Joshua puts to the sword women, infants, and animals at Jericho.
At Towton Field, on 29th March, 1461, 33,000 men perished by the sword and were buried there.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day|James Jones|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She spied the sword, picked it up, and seeing the blood, let it fall again with her hands thrown wide.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition, Vol. XII (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
And the burning wood hissed in the eye, just as the red-hot iron hisses in the water when a man seeks to temper steel for a sword.Myths and Legends of All Nations|Various
Roland sprang into it, a pistol in one hand, his sword in the other.The Companions of Jehu|Alexandre Dumas, pre
David did much better with his sling than he would have done with Saul's sword and spear.How To Do It|Edward Everett Hale
She then returned the sword to the Druids, and said she could not kill them.Stories of Exile|Various
British Dictionary definitions for sword
- violence or power, esp military power
- death; destructionto put to the sword
Word Origin for sword
Word Origin and History for sword
Old English sweord, from Proto-Germanic *swerdan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian swerd, Old Norse sverð, Swedish svärd, Middle Dutch swaert, Dutch zwaard, Old High German swert, German Schwert), related to Old High German sweran "to hurt," from *swertha-, literally "the cutting weapon," from PIE root *swer- (3) "to cut, pierce." Contrast with plowshare is from the Old Testament (e.g. Isaiah ii:4, Micah iv:3). Phrase put (originally do) to the sword "kill, slaughter" is recorded from mid-14c.
Idioms and Phrases with sword
In addition to the idiom beginning with sword
- sword of Damocles
- at sword's point
- cross swords