One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘one of our assailants was wielding a sword’
brandish, flourish, wave, twirl, display, flaunt, hold aloft, show off, swing, shake
use, put to use, employ, handle, ply, manipulate, operate
2‘he had wielded power since the coup in 1972’
exercise, exert, be possessed of, have, have at one's disposal, hold, maintain, command, control, manage, be in charge of
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