quarterstaff

[ kwawr-ter-staf, -stahf ]SEE DEFINITION OF quarterstaff
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Sometimes there were wrestling matches, and combat with sword and quarterstaff.

In his right hand he carried a quarterstaff, which he used as a walking-stick.

So I examined billhook and quarterstaff, and at last said I knew them.

He was dead, for the end of the quarterstaff had driven in his forehead, so madly had I struck at him with all my weight.

And next, I saw my quarterstaff still resting against the tree where I had left it.

The knowledge of singlestick and quarterstaff still lingered, in the country parts of England.

One blow with my quarterstaff, on the back of the head under the steel cap, will do that noiselessly enough.

"Mr. Bickerstaff thanks Mr. Quarterstaff for his kind and instructive letter dated the 26th instant" (folio).

The renowned Hercules always carried a quarterstaff, and was from thence called Claviger.

The English are but bunglers with a gentleman's blade, and should restrict themselves to pike and quarterstaff.

WORD ORIGIN

also quarter-staff, 1540s (quarter-stroke "stroke with a quarterstaff" is attested from early 15c.), stout pole, six to eight feet long (six-and-a-half sometimes is given as the standard length), tipped with iron, formerly a weapon used by the English peasantry. From staff (n.). The quarter likely is in reference to its operation.

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