backsword (adj.) Old form(s): Back-Sword
a basket-hilted sword with a single-edged blade and a thin back; later, a sword-like stick with a basketwork hilt, used in fencing practice
2H4 III.ii.63[Shallow to Bardolph, of Falstaff] I knew him a good backsword man
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