shillelagh

noun
shil·le·lagh | \shə-ˈlā-lē \
variants: or less commonly shillalah

Definition of shillelagh 

: cudgel

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Examples of shillelagh in a Sentence

the bartender in the Irish pub keeps a shillelagh behind the bar just in case there's trouble

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McConnell is also giving conservatives a shillelagh with which to beat Republican moderates who fail to go along with repeal, and perhaps even to mount primary challenges against them in 2018 or beyond. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Who’s to Blame for the GOP Health Care Debacle, Trump or McConnell?," 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of shillelagh

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shillelagh

Shillelagh, town in Ireland

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shillaber

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Shiller

shillet

shillibeer

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