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.
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Origin and Etymology of shillelagh
First Known Use: 1772See Words from the same year
Synonymsbastinado (or bastinade), bat, baton, billy, billy club, bludgeon, cane, cudgel, nightstick, rod, rung [Scottish], sap, club (also shillalah), staff, truncheon, waddy [Australian]
Related Wordsblackjack, knobkerrie, mace; birch, crabstick, hickory, rattan, stave, switch; beetle, gavel, hammer, mallet, maul, sledgehammer; crook, crosier (or crozier), walking stick, whangee
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