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billy club

billy (def 1).
Origin of billy club
1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A billy-club was shoved under his arm, which was then twisted into an agonizing position.

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A club or truncheon, now esp one carried by the police •Associated with the police fr the 1850s, but a reference of the 1880s still describes only what would now be called a blackjack, definitely a criminal's weapon

[1840s+; said to be a burglar's pet or secret name for his crowbar, along with Jemmy or Jimmy; he also used it as a weapon]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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