One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An irritant chemical used in an aerosol to disable attackers.
- ‘Squall remembered that she had used Mace on Scalpel.’
- ‘To reassure herself, she touched the handful of explosive caplets of Mace in one coat pocket and checked that she had all five mini-DVDs in her other pocket next to her recorder.’
- ‘[But] why put deadbolt locks on your doors and stock up on cans of Mace and then decide to leave your windows open?’
- ‘You can't pull your gun, no Mace - why don't we just arm-wrestle to see if you go to jail?’
- ‘But it would be just my luck if the girl of my dreams took a dislike to me, had a big can of Mace and an itchy trigger finger.’
Spray (someone) with Mace.
- ‘At the police station, Winkler told Siewert that he maced Nelson after Nelson maced him.’
- ‘According to MPD spokesman Ron Reier, officers Maced and handcuffed Doby in an attempt to subdue him.’
- ‘"OK, well, somebody maced him," I said.’
- ‘But as officers put him in a cruiser, an audio recording inside the car shows Coleman asking why they maced him.’
1960s (originally US): probably from mace.
1historical A heavy club, typically having a metal head and spikes.
staff, club, cudgel, stick, shillelagh, bludgeon, blackjack, truncheon, cosh, life preserverView synonyms
- ‘The brown-bearded man spat, stabbing his heavy, sharp mace into the neck and face of the young reaver, scraping skin and drawing blood.’
- ‘The spikes of a mace scratched down Kaloth's back.’
- ‘When the young Amazon armed with the heavy mace departed from Sir Scott's sight, the warrior rode his horse to the palace of the Amazon Queen.’
- ‘Mud-coated men (applying mud on the body is an akhara tradition) do push-ups, practise with dumbbells and heavy maces, and wrestle with each other to test their strength.’
- ‘I mean arrows and spears do nothing to them, it takes like a huge club or a mace or something to really lay into them.’
- ‘To further augment their formidable armoury, they were also trained to wield heavy maces at close range.’
- ‘The spikes of the mace caught on the brute's forearm, ripping away a small chunk of fur and flesh.’
- ‘The barbarian raised a metal mace high above his head and slammed it down hard.’
- ‘Moving back and preparing for another overhead swing of the heavy mace, the squire neatly disemboweled him with another swing of his sword.’
- ‘The charioteers, wearing togas over their body armor, waved baseball bats done up as spiked maces and jumped into carts forged from cast-off vehicle parts.’
- ‘Cedric quickly tackled the man, stealing the mace as he fell; pinning the man, he swung both the club and the mace against each side of his enemy's head.’
- ‘Javion cracked a small smile on his usually emotionless face and pulled out a deadly spiked mace with a ball bigger than a Semi and a handle twice as long as he was tall, but thin enough to fit in his hand.’
2A ceremonial staff of office.
- ‘Cape Town - The proposed official ceremonial mace for the national assembly will be made out of aluminium.’
- ‘Inscribed on the ceremonial mace in our Scottish Parliament are the words: wisdom, justice, compassion, integrity.’
- ‘While stormy, even on one occasion involving interference with the ceremonial and symbolic mace, the debates were always underlined by maturity, civility and respect!’
- ‘Engraved on the ceremonial mace in the Holyrood parliament are four words that summed up Scotland's hopes for devolution: wisdom, justice, compassion and integrity.’
- ‘I'd be found in a coma in the midst of some deadly committee meeting about shrinkwrapping kippers and David Steel would have to perform a mercy killing with his ceremonial mace.’
Middle English: from Old French masse ‘large hammer’.
The reddish fleshy outer covering of the nutmeg, dried as a spice.
- ‘Other spices are produced for local consumption and export, including mace, cinnamon, and cloves.’
- ‘They too were trying to get to the East Indies, where nutmeg, mace, pepper and cloves could be bought.’
- ‘A spice that increases the body's temperature, like cinnamon, nutmeg, and mace, is a warm spice.’
- ‘They wanted to trade: the market at home was eager (at one time or another) for spices - pepper, nutmeg, mace and cloves.’
- ‘In a wide shallow pan, melt the butter and then add the mace and cayenne pepper.’
- ‘When cooked, remove the skin and place the fish in a pie dish in layers with the sliced eggs, knobs of butter, pepper and mace.’
- ‘The finer spices consist of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and mace, which shared the fact that the places where they were grown were rather select, hence, the limited supply.’
- ‘Place the pumpkin, ice cream, milk and cinnamon, nutmeg and mace into a blender.’
- ‘The principal exports are nutmeg, bananas, cocoa, and mace.’
- ‘To prepare, pour 250 ml white wine vinegar into a pan, add ½ small shallot, sliced, a blade of mace and ¼ teaspoon black peppercorns.’
- ‘Spices such as coriander, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, mace and nutmeg are ideal for winter soups and paprika helps provide a rich colour, says Bridget Jones.’
- ‘Mince it, not too finely with fat pork and bacon bits, season it with juniper, thyme and mace then bake the pate slowly, covered with foil, in a roasting tin half filled with water.’
- ‘I was supposed to sprinkle the top with clove and mace but I was out of mace so I used nutmeg instead.’
- ‘Mix together an ounce of each of the following ingredients: mace, nutmeg, cloves, caraway seeds and cinnamon.’
- ‘Cloves, mace and nutmeg are all used as flavouring agents in cooking.’
- ‘Before La Varenne, court cuisine had over-emphasized the use of sugar and such sweet spices as cloves, mace, cardamom or nutmeg.’
- ‘Chillies, turmeric, ginger, mace, saffron, nutmeg, poppy seeds, garlic, cloves, bay leaves, and curry leaves are among the most commonly used spices.’
- ‘It was also the only time of year, we would use some of the really wacky spices in our spice drawer, like mace, and allspice and poultry seasoning.’
- ‘This was for fried fish spiced with all-spice, cloves, turmeric, black pepper, garlic and the other spice that comes with nutmeg, mace.’
- ‘Among the spices specified are ginger, nutmeg, mace, cloves, and saffron; caraway seeds seem always to have been included.’
Middle English macis (taken as plural), via Old French from Latin macir.
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