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side arm

noun, Military
a weapon, as a pistol or sword, carried at the side or in the belt.
Origin of side arm
1680-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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side arms

plural noun
weapons carried on the person, by sling, belt, or holster, such as a sword, pistol, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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