Definition of swagger stick in English:

swagger stick


  • A short cane carried by a military officer.

    • ‘His eyes still glowed, his bearing was elegant, aided by the cane he carried as a swagger stick.’
    • ‘After dinner, Roger appeared in military fatigues, complete with hat, sunglasses, jackboots, and swagger stick.’
    • ‘Officers would tuck their swagger sticks under their arms, blow their whistles and leap over the top.’
    • ‘Then, as if he had seen us for the first time, the major with the swagger stick turned and peered at us through the gathering dusk.’
    • ‘Landry, now Lair's deputy, carried a swagger stick, and it was easy to picture him handling tough and dangerous situations.’
    • ‘But he gripped the swagger stick more firmly and stuck to his Scottish slaughtermen's guns.’
    • ‘Then I heard the swagger stick slowly flipping through the holding pages of Finley's meager account book.’
    • ‘She was being seen off by a rather supercilious Army officer - small moustache, swagger stick tucked under one arm - whom I took to be her husband.’
    • ‘Snapping his swagger stick against his gleaming boots, The Butcher returned.’
    • ‘She carried her weight like a swagger stick, and brandished it like a cudgel.’
    • ‘All he was missing was an old-fashioned swagger stick.’
    • ‘Another source has it that swagger sticks are descended from the leading cane, a tool of on the spot discipline.’
    • ‘‘When the going gets tough,’ said Erin, slapping the swagger stick against his palm for emphasis, ‘the tough go shopping.’’
    • ‘His swagger stick was the heaviest weapon that UNAMET had at its disposal, for these were not ‘peacekeepers.’’
    • ‘He bridles, reeling off a list of generals who have wielded the pen as deftly as the swagger stick.’