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butt end

butt1 (defs 1, 2).
Origin of butt end
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This latter was a resplendent creature, having been the butt end of a rosewood billiard cue, and was as heavy as a Sioux war club.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • A law-term for the starting of a butt end, or springing a fatal leak.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The vandal struck her a stunning blow with the butt end of the pistol—all in vain.

    History of Kershaw's Brigade D. Augustus Dickert
  • As he spoke he carelessly ran the butt end of his rifle under the bed!

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • I was not afraid of his shooting me, but had been afraid of his braining me with the butt end of it.

  • In a minute he had a fire started against the butt end of the log.

    Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet
  • The wretch then struck him on the head with the butt end, bringing him on his knees.

  • Tarling stooped and picked the butt end of a cigar out of the hearth.

    The Daffodil Mystery Edgar Wallace
  • I sprang backwards, and brought the butt end of my revolver down upon the skull of the man who was dragging her across the lawn.

    The Master Mummer E. Phillips Oppenheim

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