Examples of truncheon in a Sentence
police officers were forced to use their truncheons on the rioters
Recent Examples of truncheon from the Web
After escorting women in medieval dresses into a tent, a gaggle of knights braced in an impromptu phalanx, their wooden shields forming a wall, as riot police armed with truncheons pushed forward against opposition protesters.
Colleagues in riot gear and on horseback, plus truncheon-wielding National Guard units, lined nearby roads.
Russian authorities met the challenge with helmet and truncheon:
Soon after the largest march, on June 15, the police and the Basij militia came out in force, spraying tear gas and beating people with truncheons.
The Spanish police cracked down on parts of Catalonia in an attempt to halt an independence referendum on Oct. 1, wielding truncheons, firing rubber bullets and barring polling stations.
Soon after the polls opened, Spanish riot police smashed into the voting centers, their raids caught on mobile phone cameras that showed them whipping ordinary citizens with rubber truncheons and dragging them away by their hair.
Just the day before, Macedonian security forces had used shields and truncheons to beat back hundreds of refugees, and then strung barbed wire across the border.
National forces in riot gear began charging into schools as soon as the polls opened, clearing crowds with truncheons and rubber bullets.
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Origin and Etymology of truncheon
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsbastinado (or bastinade), bat, baton, billy, billy club, bludgeon, cane, cudgel, nightstick, rod, rung [Scottish], sap, shillelagh (also shillalah), staff, club, 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
First Known Use of truncheon
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