billy club

noun

Definition of billy club

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Dallas County Sheriff Jim Clark had prodded her in the neck with a billy club and ordered her to vacate the premises. Washington Post, 11 May 2021 In the 2008 presidential election, Roman made a splash by promoting a video of two members of the New Black Panther Party standing outside a polling place in Philadelphia, one of them holding a billy club. Michael Biesecker And Garance Burke, Star Tribune, 2 Nov. 2020 Lewis, a civil-rights pioneer, preached nonviolence even after a state trooper cracked his skull with a billy club as Lewis and other protesters were crossing a bridge in Selma, Ala., in 1965. Arkansas Online, 18 Oct. 2020 As the police, beating billy clubs on their shields, got closer, Wallace urged the protesters to not run even as police hit some of them with pepper spray and pulled many to the ground before zip-tying their wrists to make arrests. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Freep.com, 4 June 2020 The story of voter suppression today is no longer the stuff of billy clubs and hoses that Ms. Abrams heard about as a child. Elaina Plott, New York Times, 16 May 2020 Testimony at the inquest revealed that on the day of his murder, Sturgus had left his billy club, handcuffs, money and identification at home. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Jan. 2020 See More

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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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“Billy club.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/billy%20club. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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billy club

noun
bil·​ly club | \ ˈbi-lē- \

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