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Bludgeon

 

an ancient weapon for dealing blows.

The bludgeon was a short stick with a metal ball suspended from one end by a strap or chain. On the other end there was a loop that could be slipped over the wrist. The bludgeon was carried on one’s belt. It was used in ancient Rus’ and many countries of the Orient.

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It seemed to him as though one of the soldiers near him hit him on the head with the full swing of a bludgeon.
Kar Komak looked in the direction Carthoris indicated to see a huge ape advancing with a mighty bludgeon.
There is a race of men in New Zealand, or Australia, I have forgotten which, who indicate their preference for the lady of their affections by banging her over the head with a bludgeon.
His weapons consisted of a stone ax and knife and a heavy knobbed bludgeon of wood.
It was a great brute of a fellow tiptoeing upon him from behind with a huge bludgeon in his hand, and then, as the man and his confederates saw that he was discovered, there was a concerted rush upon Tarzan from all sides.
The chest and sides looked as if they had been beaten with a bludgeon.
Shortly afterwards, Mrs Squeers, arrayed in the white top-coat, and tied up in various shawls and handkerchiefs, issued forth in another chaise and another direction, taking with her a good-sized bludgeon, several odd pieces of strong cord, and a stout labouring man: all provided and carried upon the expedition, with the sole object of assisting in the capture, and (once caught) insuring the safe custody of the unfortunate Smike.