One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A broadsword formerly used by Scottish Highlanders, typically double-edged.
- ‘He was wearing a huge sword across his back - a claymore, a heavy, two handed sword that only skilled warriors could wield.’
- ‘Clasped before her in her hands, with its point resting on the mahogany wood, was a large, double-handed broadsword - a claymore.’
- ‘Quickly, the Highlander sheathed his claymore and dropped his shield.’
- ‘The rivalry lives on today with the team prize of a two-handed claymore still keenly contested between Scottish and English clubs.’
- ‘As the claymores, targes and antique pistols on the walls of Seaforth Cottage also testify, domicile north of the Great Glen can also engender a degree of swashbuckling.’
2A type of anti-personnel mine.
- ‘It's like watching two kids in a sandpit, armed with claymore mines and chewing on detonator caps.’
- ‘In many cases, they would place two claymores next to each other to create an even larger fan of shrapnel.’
- ‘He's sitting over on 6th Avenue, chortling at the abusive nature of this show, which is akin to hunting foals with an Uzi, claymores and hand grenades.’
- ‘Once they launched their rocket and gave away their position in the dark, dried-up riverbed, they were exposed to a merciless rain of machine gun fire, mortar bombs and claymore mines.’
- ‘I flipped open the cooler, and took out several claymores, and grenades, then stuffed them in any available pocket.’
- ‘Once the plastic wrap and sticky labels and claymore mines are all safely removed, I'll take my treasure to the family room downstairs.’
- ‘It uses the existing M18 claymore munition and the non-lethal M5 modular crowd control munition.’
- ‘Of course, no soldier would dare go off into battle without a sidearm and trusty combat knife, and a well-thrown hand grenade or a well-placed claymore mine can likewise serve you well.’
- ‘He laid out a perimeter and the men of 1st Platoon began digging and setting out trip flares and claymore mines.’
- ‘They should all be stopped at the border by lines of claymore mines.’
- ‘Apart from firing all unit small arms by day and night, soldiers threw grenades and fired claymore mines.’
- ‘Given the ‘all clear,’ the final scored task was to employ and recover a claymore mine.’
- ‘Or was it just your psychic powers that held the pin in the claymore?’
- ‘It attributed the two soldiers' deaths to a claymore mine blast that hit a road patrol in the area.’
- ‘Another weapon that caused multiple wounds, the claymore mine, was used extensively by both sides in the Vietnam War.’
- ‘Then I kneeled back down, took out a claymore, set it underneath my pack, and tied the string directly to my pack, and a low branch, so that if someone tries and picks it up, it'll blow up.’
- ‘One notable weapon, the claymore mine, consisted of a C - 4 block with several embedded ball bearings.’
- ‘Another claymore went off, sending several of them flying.’
- ‘I recommend claymore mines and Blackhawk helicopters to make sure you get him.’
- ‘The mines were intended as anti-personnel devices, jury-rigged claymores.’
Early 18th century: from Scottish Gaelic claidheamh ‘sword’ + mór ‘great’.
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