One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An irritant chemical used in an aerosol to disable attackers.
- ‘[But] why put deadbolt locks on your doors and stock up on cans of Mace and then decide to leave your windows open?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘You can't pull your gun, no Mace - why don't we just arm-wrestle to see if you go to jail?’
- ‘Squall remembered that she had used Mace on Scalpel.’
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
- ‘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.’
- ‘Moving back and preparing for another overhead swing of the heavy mace, the squire neatly disemboweled him with another swing of his sword.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘To further augment their formidable armoury, they were also trained to wield heavy maces at close range.’
- ‘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 the mace caught on the brute's forearm, ripping away a small chunk of fur and flesh.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The barbarian raised a metal mace high above his head and slammed it down hard.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
2A ceremonial staff of office.
- ‘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.’
- ‘While stormy, even on one occasion involving interference with the ceremonial and symbolic mace, the debates were always underlined by maturity, civility and respect!’
- ‘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.’
Middle English: from Old French masse ‘large hammer’.
The reddish fleshy outer covering of the nutmeg, dried as a spice.
- ‘Among the spices specified are ginger, nutmeg, mace, cloves, and saffron; caraway seeds seem always to have been included.’
- ‘They wanted to trade: the market at home was eager (at one time or another) for spices - pepper, nutmeg, mace and cloves.’
- ‘Cloves, mace and nutmeg are all used as flavouring agents in cooking.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Other spices are produced for local consumption and export, including mace, cinnamon, and cloves.’
- ‘The principal exports are nutmeg, bananas, cocoa, and mace.’
- ‘Place the pumpkin, ice cream, milk and cinnamon, nutmeg and mace into a blender.’
- ‘Chillies, turmeric, ginger, mace, saffron, nutmeg, poppy seeds, garlic, cloves, bay leaves, and curry leaves are among the most commonly used spices.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Mix together an ounce of each of the following ingredients: mace, nutmeg, cloves, caraway seeds and cinnamon.’
- ‘Before La Varenne, court cuisine had over-emphasized the use of sugar and such sweet spices as cloves, mace, cardamom or nutmeg.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In a wide shallow pan, melt the butter and then add the mace and cayenne pepper.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This was for fried fish spiced with all-spice, cloves, turmeric, black pepper, garlic and the other spice that comes with nutmeg, mace.’
- ‘I was supposed to sprinkle the top with clove and mace but I was out of mace so I used nutmeg instead.’
Middle English macis (taken as plural), via Old French from Latin macir.
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