billy club


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billy club

n.
A short stick or club, especially a police officer's club.

[Perhaps alteration of *bully club; see bully1 or from billet.]
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Noun1.billy club - a short stout club used primarily by policemenbilly club - 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"
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The dual-use weapon--which looks somewhat like a billy club when extended--"bridges the gap" between a baton and a Taser, Pearson said.
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