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She brandished a sword.
  the act of waving something or exhibiting something aggressively
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  • She brandished a sword.
  • She tossed her new weapon up in the air, caught it again, brandished it, and urged the horse forward.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • and a Knight dressed in crimson armor came galloping down upon her, brandishing a great club.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • A pair of Masks battles within, each brandishing two slender scims.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes

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  • The door sprang open, and Father stood there brandishing a fireplace poker over his head.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • But the cabs are all occupied, and, as if the scent of my distress has suddenly reached her, Mia swivels back around to see me, to see the photographer approaching me, brandishing his cameras like machetes.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • She brandished the letter opener weakly, then lowered it to her waist.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • They were all screaming, and the woman was waving a two-foot-long snowknife while her three offspring were brandishing deer spears and skinning knives.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • He took out two pennies and brandished them before putting them back into Chronicler’s purse.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The men were wiry, brandishing obscure and expensive sports layers that boasted extra "wicking" properties, or lighter-than-air body weights.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You

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  • A man stepped menacingly from the corner brandishing a long pole, and Kit winced as two sharp raps descended on each luckless head.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "That’s why I drove him off," cried the Humbug, fiercely brandishing his cane.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Girls from my graduating class come into the store brandishing solitaire diamonds like Legion of Honor medals, as if they’ve accomplished something significant—which I guess they think they have, though all I can see is a future of washing some man’s clothes stretching ahead of them.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • They brandish his notebook and tool case.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • It was through this piecemeal gathering of bits and pieces that I learned an unnamed man had gotten drunk, come to Anna’s house, swaggered and stumbled about the house brandishing a pistol and "talkin’ big."
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • And then she whirled in a swift half-circle, thrusting out at the University Residence Club a furious little fist, a darling angry fist so prominent, so bloodlessly agitated that it seemed impossible that she was not brandishing it a scant inch from my nose.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The goddess brandished her spear.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Backing him up came Murtagh, shouting something highly uncomplimentary in Gaelic and brandishing both sword and reloaded pistol.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • On the package room’s tiny black and white television (its screen no bigger than a CD case) a glamorous woman in long jangling earrings brandished her fists and shouted abusive Spanish at a cowering priest.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Iona rushed in, flushed with victory, brandishing the wand.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Jack had him by the hair and was brandishing his knife.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • This far away, they couldn’t see the extended middle finger he brandished at them.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • She brandished it in the air, as if waving a gun.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Isabelle and Alec were running toward them, Isabelle brandishing a whip in her hand.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • "Read it!" he hissed evilly, brandishing the letter the owl had delivered.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Women brandished platters of sweets.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • He was leaning right across the table, brandishing his crucifix before my eyes.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Madam Pince the librarian brandished a feather duster at him.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • With a great effort Frodo sat upright and brandished his sword.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The same hand that had brandished the sword now held a whip.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • "Well, I have his home number," Willow says, brandishing her cell phone like a weapon.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • How about when a bunch of guys wearing colored towels around their heads and brandishing AK-47s come charging over the horizon straight toward you?
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • He brandished a piece of purple writing paper at Harry.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The boys hooted and ran the length of our 17 Janvier lane brandishing their precious Mars bars.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • As the evening drew near, the shouting and the firing of guns, the beating of drums and the brandishing and clanging of machetes increased.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • You were rescued by a knight brandishing an Excalibur made by Acme Orthopedic.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He brandished a spear impaled with toasted marshmallows.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Sure enough, when Dad raised his hand, he was brandishing a curved white stick.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Murtagh brandished his sword as Tornac plunged back down, driving his forehooves into the back of the dismounted slaver.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • "I’ll kill you!" he shouted, and seizing the marble top of a table with a strength he had never before felt, he made a step toward her brandishing the slab.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "And I never started," said Isabelle, brandishing the candelabra.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Thalia brought up the rear, brandishing her shield like she was driving back whatever pursued them.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Bruto!’ down at him happily and brandished her bread knife at him as though it were an exciting new toy she was eager to use.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He didn’t want to let her go, but he did, brandishing his sword.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • There were several breakages because I was brandishing the sword so clumsily.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Tell it again!’ cried Fagin, tightening his grasp on Sikes, and brandishing his other hand aloft, as the foam flew from his lips.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • He brandished a pistol, aimed at the camerlegno, who lay on the floor at his feet, writhing in agony.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I growled, brandishing the crowbar I’d stripped from him.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • I STEPPED off the bus in Bluefield to a sea of familiar faces accompanied by applause and cheers, brandishing the surprise medal I had garnered.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • "Shut up!" roared the chief, leaping to his feet and brandishing his gun in the direction of the speaker.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
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