broomstick

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broom +‎ stick

Noun[edit]

broomstick (plural broomsticks)

  1. The handle of a broom (sweeping tool).
  2. A broom imbued with magic, enabling one to fly astride the handle.
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 106:
      Witches of all ages attended these lively gatherings by flying away on their broomsticks[.]
    • 1997, Diana Wynne Jones, Witch Week[1]:
      She really was a witch now. No one but a witch could fly a broomstick.
    • 1999, J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, →ISBN:
      Harry ripped the parcel open and gasped as a magnificent, gleaming broomstick rolled out onto his bedspread. [...] It was a Firebolt, identical to the dream broom Harry had gone to see every day in Diagon Alley.
    • 2002, Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad, page 97:
      Greebo, hiccuping occasionally, oozed into his accustomed place among the bristles of Nanny’s broomstick. As they rose above the forest a thin plume of smoke also rose from the castle.
    • 2003, David Pickering, Cassell's Dictionary of Superstitions[2]:
      Most people are familiar with the age-old superstition that witches fly on broomsticks to their covens (though they were formerly also reputed to use shovels, cleft sticks, eggshells, ANIMALS and other means of flight).
  3. (slang, rare) Like plain broom, a gun.
    • 2020 January 19, Sinsquad lr x Mloose (lyrics and music), “Dont Ride Back”:
      Gangdem known for the shootings, go ask ❌ – got whooshed with a broomstick.

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