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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: brandir, from brand 'sword'

brandish

verb
     
bran‧dish [transitive] written
to wave something around in a dangerous or threatening way, especially a weapon:
A man leapt out brandishing a kitchen knife.

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