backsword

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back +‎ sword

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backsword (plural backswords)

  1. A sword with one sharp edge.
    • 1884: Robert F. Burton, The Book of the Sword, page 140.
      It is a thick, heavy backsword, eighteen inches long, with a bevel where the point should be, worn at the waist in a half-scabbard of wood, and used for digging as well as killing.
  2. (UK, dated) A stick with a basket handle, used in rustic amusements.
  3. (UK, dated) The game in which the stick is used.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

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