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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

Nude Art Mag Riles Middle East Betwa Sharma September 2, 2010
Gallery Owner Accused of Cyberstalking Members of L.A.’s Art Scene Caitlin Dickson February 12, 2014
Post Office Robbers More Wanted Than ISIS M.L. Nestel December 12, 2014
Family Secrets in Tehran Azar Nafisi January 9, 2009
Chen Guangcheng Fears Authorities Will Persecute Relatives He Leaves Behind Melinda Liu May 7, 2012

Historical Examples

The Classic Myths in English Literature and in Art (2nd ed.) (1911) Charles Mills Gayley
Aino Folk-Tales Basil Hall Chamberlain
Cornish Characters S. Baring-Gould
L’Assommoir Emile Zola
Joan of Arc of the North Woods Holman Day

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


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