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broad arrow

a mark in the shape of a broad arrowhead, placed upon British government property.
Archery. an arrow having an expanded head.
Heraldry. pheon.
Origin of broad arrow
1350-1400; Middle English brod arwe Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In front of the white garden-palings the path branched into three like a broad-arrow.

  • Firstly, there is the stigma that attaches to every man who has worn the broad-arrow.

    A Plea for the Criminal James Leslie Allan Kayll
  • It had the broad-arrow on it, and a custom-house officer seeing it, some time after, was disposed to seize it as a prize.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • A line of men in broad-arrow stamped suits, all natives, guarded by two armed constables, was filing in from the veldt.

    A Veldt Official Bertram Mitford
  • In prison she had to wear the ugly convict-dress with the broad-arrow stamped on all her clothes.

    The Rebel of the School Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • The mark of the “broad-arrow” is generally incised with the bench-mark so that the horizontal bar passes through its apex.

  • You wouldn't look well at all in a striped suit—or I believe it's the broad-arrow pattern they supply in the prisons here.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for broad-arrow

broad arrow

a mark shaped like a broad arrowhead designating British government property and formerly used on prison clothing
an arrow with a broad head
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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