shillelagh

noun
shil·​le·​lagh | \ shə-ˈlā-lē How to pronounce shillelagh (audio) \
variants: or less commonly shillalah

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the bartender in the Irish pub keeps a shillelagh behind the bar just in case there's trouble
Recent Examples on the Web So in a team meeting, Helton hit all the historical notes, even giving a tutorial on the shillelagh that goes to the winning team. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "For USC’s Clay Helton, Notre Dame is ‘not just another game’," 11 Oct. 2019 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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The first known use of shillelagh was in 1772

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“Shillelagh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shillelagh. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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