brandish

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First attested in 1340, from Old French brandiss-, from brandir ‎(to flourish a sword) (see brand).

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brandish ‎(third-person singular simple present brandishes, present participle brandishing, simple past and past participle brandished)

  1. (transitive) To move or swing (a weapon) back and forth, particularly if demonstrating skill.
    He brandished his sword at the pirates.
    • Drake
      the quivering lance which he brandished bright
  2. (transitive) To bear something with ostentatious show.
    to brandish syllogisms
    • 2011, Jejomar C. Binay, Binay: Blame corruption on modern consumerism, Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation, [1]:
      It sets the stage for cutting corners in our principles just so we can brandish a perceived badge of stature.
    • 1749, John Cleland, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, Part 2
      Long, however, the young spark did not remain before giving it two or three shakes, by way of brandishing it

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Noun[edit]

brandish ‎(plural brandishes)

  1. The act of flourishing or waving.

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