Assault at arms

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Assault at arms a display of attack and defence in fencing
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. asaut—L. ad, upon, saltus, a leap, salīre, to leap. See Assail.

Usage

In literature:

While every foreign state trembled at our arms, we sat secure from all assault.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
These assaults-at-arms seldom end without two or three being killed.
"Saint George for England" by G. A. Henty
He is already weary with battle, and of a surety I shall be very likely to overthrow him in an assault at arms at this time.
"The Story of the Champions of the Round Table" by Howard Pyle
Neither state was armed in any way, and so both collapsed at the first assault from a military power.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
At ten o'clock, one night, about six hundred well-armed men made a sudden assault upon the duke's quarters.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
This was no market-day brawl, but a stark assault-at-arms.
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
On July 14, 1099, at daybreak, the Crusaders were in arms, and at the same moment the assault was made on various points.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
At this moment the passengers, snatching up the arms of the prostrate bandits, assaulted those who yet remained.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
Just at the time when the last assault was nearly at its grim close I felt my arm pulled, and looking quickly round found Yambo at my side.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
Only the prompt intervention of the sergeant-at-arms prevented actual assault.
"The Winning of Popular Government" by Archibald Macmechan
At an assault, and opposed to a man armed also with a bayonet, the first position is indicated by the accompanying sketch.
"Broad-Sword and Single-Stick" by R. G. Allanson-Winn
Then each knight voided his horse and each drew his sword and therewith rushed to an assault at arms.
"The Story of Sir Launcelot and His Companions" by Howard Pyle
These assaults-at-arms seldom end without two or three being killed.
"St. George for England" by G. A. Henty
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In news:

WESTLEY — Police armed with assault rifles surrounded America's Best Value Inn on Wednesday afternoon, Oct 31, as they sought to find a man who allegedly brandished a firearm at two bail bondsmen inside the hotel.
DUANESBURG — A Esperance man was arrested after police say he assaulted and robbed a 68-year-old, one-armed man at a Stewart's Shop Sunday morning.
Foy , 20, pleaded guilty at a hearing on Monday to going armed with intent, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and assault while participating in a felony.
Robbery/Assault detectives are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying a female who committed an armed robbery of the Alaska Tobacco shop at 751 East 36th on 10-30-12 at 16:18 hours.
The Albany Police Department had a busy weekend, with several aggravated assaults and at least one armed robbery taking place, reports show.
A Minnesota State, Mankato, student is in custody following an armed assault at the university's library.
A Minnesota State, Mankato , student is in custody following an armed assault at the university's library.
The man, who was armed with a military style assault weapon fired through the window of a crowded bar early today and then shot at patrons as they rushed outside to escape the gunfire.
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