One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short cane carried by a military officer.
- ‘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, 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.’
- ‘He bridles, reeling off a list of generals who have wielded the pen as deftly as the swagger stick.’
- ‘Officers would tuck their swagger sticks under their arms, blow their whistles and leap over the top.’
- ‘All he was missing was an old-fashioned swagger stick.’
- ‘After dinner, Roger appeared in military fatigues, complete with hat, sunglasses, jackboots, and swagger stick.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Then I heard the swagger stick slowly flipping through the holding pages of Finley's meager account book.’
- ‘‘When the going gets tough,’ said Erin, slapping the swagger stick against his palm for emphasis, ‘the tough go shopping.’’
- ‘His eyes still glowed, his bearing was elegant, aided by the cane he carried as a swagger stick.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘His swagger stick was the heaviest weapon that UNAMET had at its disposal, for these were not ‘peacekeepers.’’
- ‘Another source has it that swagger sticks are descended from the leading cane, a tool of on the spot discipline.’
swagger stick/ˈswaɡər stik/
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