Brandish



to shake or wave, as a weapon; flourish:
Brandishing his sword, he rode into battle.
a flourish or waving, as of a weapon.
Contemporary Examples

American Gun Law 5 David Frum December 17, 2012
Libya War’s Unsung Heroes Clive Irving August 21, 2011
The Tragic Life of Barack Obama’s Father Sally H. Jacobs July 9, 2011
The Coalition of the Unwilling Christopher Dickey September 6, 2013

Historical Examples

Tales from the Fjeld P. Chr. Asbjrnsen
The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories Mark Twain
Folk-Tales of the Khasis K. U. Rafy
Sagas from the Far East Various
All He Knew John Habberton
Animal Intelligence George J. Romanes

verb (transitive)
to wave or flourish (a weapon) in a triumphant, threatening, or ostentatious way
noun
a threatening or defiant flourish
v.

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