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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. 2016.
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  • Dirk, dėrk, n. a Highland dagger or poniard: a side-arm worn by midshipmen and cadets of the royal navy.

  • He didn't go to his cabin; didn't even take off his side-arm.

    Subspace Survivors E. E. Smith
  • The cubic contents of the pressure tube and side-arm become increased, owing to the cup-like shape the paint film takes on.

    Paint Technology and Tests Henry A. Gardner
  • On one of these doors Leicester was hammering with his side-arm, the Portuguese standing by on the step below.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Others to the Old-German, Laz, from latus; the weapon being therefore a "side-arm."

  • Jack noticed that a Bavarian helmet and side-arm hung from the knapsack of one, a mere freckled lad, downy and dimpled.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • He had already unbuttoned his tailed tunic, and slung his belt and sabre or side-arm from his shoulders.

    Jones of the 64th F. S. (Frederick Sadleir) Brereton

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