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bil·ly 1

n. pl. bil·lies
A billy club.

bil·ly 2

n. pl. bil·lies Australian
A metal pot or kettle used in camp cooking.

[Probably short for billypot, from Billy, nickname for William.]


n, pl -lies
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) US and Canadian a wooden club esp a police officer's truncheon
[C19: special use of the name Billy, pet form of William]


(ˈbɪlɪ) or


n, pl -lies or -lycans
1. a metal can or pot for boiling water, etc, over a campfire
2. Austral and NZ (as modifier): billy-tea.
3. informal Austral and NZ to make tea
[C19: from Scot billypot cooking vessel]


(ˈbɪl i)

n., pl. -lies.
1. Also called bil′ly club`. a heavy stick used as a weapon, esp. by the police.
2. Also called bil′ly•can` (-ˌkæn) Australian. a pot or kettle for cooking over a campfire.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.billy - a short stout club used primarily by policemenbilly - a short stout club used primarily by policemen
club - stout stick that is larger at one end; "he carried a club in self defense"; "he felt as if he had been hit with a club"
2.billy - male goatbilly - male goat        
caprine animal, goat - any of numerous agile ruminants related to sheep but having a beard and straight horns


[ˈbɪlɪ] N (US) (also billy club) → porra f


n (also billycan)Kochgeschirr nt
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Their operation was conducted without firearms, billy clubs, stun guns, tear gas or handcuffs.
When Conyes began his career in 1879, billy clubs and firearms were used to keep order, and prisoners were punished by being hung from the wrists in handcuffs, flogged and/or placed in a dungeon with no light, bedding or sound, and only bread and water for nourishment.
Back then, Lewis was one of about 600 demonstrators who set out on a 50-mile march to Montgomery for voting rights, when County Sheriff Jim Clarks deputies and state troopers met them at the foot of the bridge and attacked them with billy clubs and tear gas.
We gather here to honour the courage of ordinary Americans willing to endure billy clubs and the chastening rod, tear gas and the trampling hoof, men and women who despite the gush of blood and splintered bone would stay true to their North Star and keep marching toward justice.
As the unarmed marchers came to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they were attacked by Alabama State Troopers and local police with tear gas and billy clubs.
The weavers raised their hands across their faces, hands that knew the loom as their fathers' hands knew the loom, and the billy clubs broke their fingers.
They were standing there with billy clubs, some of them in plain clothes and some in uniforms.
The event marks the 50th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday,'' when law enforcement used billy clubs and tear gas to rout marchers intent on walking 50 miles to Montgomery on March 7, 1965, to seek the right for blacks to register to vote.
Police attacked the marchers with billy clubs and tear gas on Bloody Sunday, as the first day of the march came to be known.
Across every entrance to the town, barricades are manned by men, some armed with automatic weapons, other with hunting rifles and most others with a variety of billy clubs, baseball bats, heavy sticks and lengths of steel rebar.
Agents also found three leather-coated billy clubs, a collapsible baton, a full-face respirator, leg irons and a device to repel dogs, said an affidavit by officers with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), a division of ICE.