billy club


: a heavy usually wooden club
specifically : a police officer's club

Examples of billy club in a Sentence

rapping the shoes of the sleeping vagrant with his billy club, the officer told him to move on
Recent Examples on the Web Contestants were humiliated or even beaten while ushers walked the aisles with billy clubs, threatening anyone who might leave. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 20 Sep. 2023 If the Second Amendment is not limited to firearms, Monday’s ruling also calls into question state-level bans on weapons like truncheons, saps, billy clubs, nunchucks, and the like. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 9 Aug. 2023 A couple of hundred soldiers came in with billy clubs. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 21 Mar. 2023 Recent filings by government attorneys in those lawsuits shed light on how the state, applying the Supreme Court’s new standard, is attempting to defend its laws that ban or restrict automatic weapons, high-capacity magazines, ammunition purchases and billy clubs. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Mar. 2023 Chauvin’s trial also takes place about 75 years after a similarly extreme case of police brutality that helped shape the modern civil rights movement, when a Black Army veteran was blinded in police custody after being beaten in the eye with a billy club. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, 30 Mar. 2021 These are not the guys with the billy club, chewing tobacco. Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 20 Oct. 2022 Lopez, who was armed with a gun while Sales had a knife and billy club, said he was punched by Sales, then opened fire, hitting him eight times. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Feb. 2022 My weapon was a billy club—a ball of lead wrapped in leather with a nine-inch stem and a loop handle. John McPhee, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History


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First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of billy club was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Billy club.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

billy club

: a heavy wooden club
especially : nightstick
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