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sidearm

[sahyd-ahrm] /ˈsaɪdˌɑrm/
adverb
1.
with a swinging motion of the arm moving to the side of the body at shoulder level or below and nearly parallel to the ground:
to pitch sidearm.
adjective
2.
thrown or performed sidearm:
a sidearm curve ball; sidearm stroke.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; side1 + arm1
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Examples from the web for sidearm
  • Ziegler's sidearm flick of a throw home is off line.
  • Prescribing minimum standards of sidearm training and certification for peace officers before they carry a sidearm.
  • During that robbery, the courier was forced to the ground and his sidearm was taken by the robbers.
Word Origin and History for sidearm
adj.

also side-arm, 1908, from side (adj.) + arm (n.1).

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