Whenever an injustice occurred, Hitchens would declare, “The pen of the Hitch will flash from its scabbard.”
Step into yonder boat, row to the sword, and take it, together with the scabbard.
So each thrust his sword back into the scabbard and entered the pantry.
His girdle and the scabbard of his sword were of cloth of silver, with golden buckles.
He would not have it in the scabbard, and when I laid it naked in his hand he kissed the hilt.
He picked up his sword, and wiped it with a lace handkerchief and thrust it into its scabbard.
Once used they can never be fitted back into the scabbard again.'
Brown stepped to the sword, jerked it out of the ground and returned it to his scabbard in three motions.
Now, if the sword had never been drawn from the scabbard, how was that to be known to the writer?'
Your safety lies on the sword's point; draw it and throw away the scabbard.
c.1300, from Anglo-French *escauberc "sheath, vagina" (13c.), from Frankish or another Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *sker-berg-, literally "sword-protector," from *skar "blade" (cf. Old High German scar "scissors, blade, sword," from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut;" see shear) + *berg- "protect" (cf. Old High German bergan "to protect;" see bury).