fighting stick, noun phrase

1. Either of the two short staves wielded in mock fights among young (rural) black men; fencing stick; intonga. See also stick-fight.
1985 Cape Times 30 Sept. 1Chief Buthelezi..arrived wearing a leopardskin headband and a necklace of lion claws and carrying a shield and fighting sticks.
1989 L. Beake Cageful of Butterflies 35Mponyane would pick up the fighting sticks one more time and play the game again. They carried their sticks everywhere.
1991 Sunday Times 22 Sept. 29He raises the fighting sticks he is carrying, adopts a combat position and yells an insult.
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1989 J. Hobbs Thoughts in Makeshift Mortuary 165Each man carries a wooden fighting stick.
1989 J. Hobbs Thoughts in Makeshift Mortuary 166Men on foot with assegais and fighting sticks are no match for men on horseback with guns.
1990 Weekend Post 31 Mar. 6They..kill each other, using pangas, fighting sticks and homemade guns, in horrifying acts.
Either of the two short staves wielded in mock fights among young (rural) black men; fencing stick; intonga.
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