Definition of brandish:
- A flourish, as with a weapon, whip, etc.
- Something made or performed in a fanciful, wanton, or vaunting manner, by way of ostentation, to excite admiration, etc.; ostentatious embellishment; ambitious copiousness or amplification; parade of words and figures; show; as, a flourish of rhetoric or of wit.
- To move or wave, as a weapon; to raise and move in various directions; to shake or flourish.
- To play with; to flourish; as, to brandish syllogisms.
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One morning, however, as the whole seven were going out for a long expedition, they said to their aunt, 'Dear aunt, if a baby sister comes into the world to- day, wave a white handkerchief, and we will return immediately; but if it is only a boy, just brandish a sickle, and we will go on with what we are doing.- "The Grey Fairy Book", Andrew Lang.
- "The Brightener", C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson.
- "Methods of Authors", Hugo Erichsen.