quar|ter|staff

quar|ter|staff «KWAWR tuhr STAF, -STAHF», noun, plural -staves.
1. an old English weapon consisting of a stout pole 6 to 8 feet long, tipped with iron.
2. exercise or fighting with this weapon: »

He was famous throughout the province for strength of arm and skill at quarterstaff (Washington Irving).


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