It does not give you license to brandish a gun and wave it around.
Both Cameron and Sarkozy will now brandish their cojones, claiming to have had “a good war.”
As with his Harvard degree, Obama did not hesitate to brandish his pretty white wife with the Boston accent.
mid-14c., from Old French brandiss-, present participle stem of brandir "to flourish (a sword)" (12c.), from brant "blade of a sword, prow of a ship," of Frankish origin (see brand (n.)). Related: Brandished; brandishing.