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Fiddlestick

In the Great German epic called The Nibelungen-Lied, this word is used six or eight times for a broadsword.

His fiddlestick he grasped, `twas massy, broad, and long,
As sharp as any razor.

Stanza 1,841.

My fiddlestick's no feather; on whom I let it fall,
If he has friends that love him, 'twill set them weeping all.

Stanza 1,880.

His fiddlestick, sharp-cutting, can hardest steel divide,
And at a stroke can shiver the morion's beamy pride.

Stanza 2,078.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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