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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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  • Kate dashed into the crowd, and with the butt-end of a revolver, knocked two or three of the ruffians down.

  • He now struck the butt-end of his gun heavily upon the floor.

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • The blow which he aimed would most surely have killed him, but that Trent, with the butt-end of a rifle, broke its force a little.

    A Millionaire of Yesterday E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • I assisted him as much as was in my power with the butt-end of my gun, which was now empty.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • Note on the right hip the pocket, cork-lined, on which the butt-end of the lance was rested before being couched.

    Spanish Arms and Armour Albert F. Calvert
  • With the butt-end of a rifle, sir; and then we had to wrench his teeth open with bayonets.

    Blue Jackets George Manville Fenn
  • He had got his hands under the heavy trunk, and staggered sideways, straddling it, till its butt-end was close to the brink.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
  • At the butt-end some wild cotton is twisted round, to fit the tube.

    Manco, the Peruvian Chief W.H.G. Kingston
  • The chopper walked deliberately to the butt-end of the tree, and with the pole of his axe marked off the length of the log.

    The Fourth Watch H. A. Cody
  • This earned me a stab in the back from the butt-end of the pike of one of my guards.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini

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