a sword with only one sharp edge; broadsword.
(formerly) a cudgel having a basket hilt, used in fencing exhibitions.
My backsword play hath been thought well of by stout men of war.
Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
backsword play: the game of single-stick, or fencing with cudgels.
Tom Brown at Rugby Thomas Hughes
another name for broadsword
Also called backswordsman. a person who uses the backsword
a fencing stick with a basket-like protective hilt
a person who uses a backsword.
- Back talk
an impudent response; impudence. to answer back. Contemporary Examples Push back more—with votes, with money, and with plenty of back talk! How Women (and Men) Can Have It All—Now Elizabeth Gregory June 26, 2012 Historical Examples The first thing, sir, is that Im going to be obeyed, without question and without any back talk. Cursed […]
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a large, solid-hoofed, herbivorous quadruped, Equus caballus, domesticated since prehistoric times, bred in a number of varieties, and used for carrying or pulling loads, for riding, and for racing. a fully mature male animal of this type; stallion. any of several odd-toed ungulates belonging to the family Equidae, including the horse, zebra, donkey, and ass, […]
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a rectangular board on which paper is placed or mounted for drawing or drafting. back to the drawing board, back to the original or an earlier stage of planning or development: Our plan didn’t work out, so it’s back to the drawing board. on the drawing board, in the planning or design stage: The shopping […]