billy club


Definition of billy club 

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

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bastinado (or bastinade), bat, baton, billy, bludgeon, cane, club, cudgel, nightstick, rod, rung [Scottish], sap, shillelagh (also shillalah), staff, truncheon, waddy [Australian]

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Examples of billy club in a Sentence

rapping the shoes of the sleeping vagrant with his billy club, the policeman told him to move on

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Other photos show smiling soldiers detaining a young man while yanking him by his curly hair and a group of officers with billy clubs beating a man who’s trying to protect himself with his hands. Andalusia Knoll, Teen Vogue, "What to Know About the 1968 Tlatelolco Plaza Student Massacre," 2 Oct. 2018 Brandishing a billy club and slingshot, Defendor tries to protect citizens from crime and thwart his arch-enemy, Captain Industry. Charles Stockdale And John Harrington, USA TODAY, "The 24 most forgettable superheroes in movies," 5 July 2018 Back when giant billy clubs and tear gas couldn't tame the party After a fire broke out, people trapped in the burning wreckage did beg to be put out of their misery, to be spared the agony of burning to death. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "The truths of the circus train crash of 1918 are more horrifying than myths," 20 June 2018 Cops stood at the ready in the middle of 12th Street, billy clubs in hand, forcing the throng back on the sidewalk. Detroit Free Press, "He helped start 1967 Detroit riot, now his son struggles with the legacy," 15 May 2018 Police went after them with billy clubs and fire hoses. Michael Livingston,, "How MLK's death affected a nation, as told by those who remember it," 3 Apr. 2018 State troopers on horseback had galloped into a crowd of about 100 marchers, swinging billy clubs, firing tear gas and knocking over marchers. Valerie Russ,, "Civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis, who was beaten in Selma, tells St. Joe's crowd, 'We are going forward.'," 16 Apr. 2018 An aggressive police response, complete with tear gas and billy clubs, led some protesters to retaliate with Molotov cocktails. James C. Cobb, Smithsonian, "Even Though He Is Revered Today, MLK Was Widely Disliked by the American Public When He Was Killed," 5 Apr. 2018 Violence had followed, with police descending on the protesters with billy clubs, mace and tear gas. Michael Livingston,, "How MLK's death affected a nation, as told by those who remember it," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of billy club

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for billy club

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The first known use of billy club was in 1885

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a knickknack or trinket

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