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Definition of brandish:

  1. A flourish, as with a weapon, whip, etc.
  2. 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.
  3. To move or wave, as a weapon; to raise and move in various directions; to shake or flourish.
  4. To play with; to flourish; as, to brandish syllogisms.


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