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Pugil

Pugil \Pu"gil\, n. [L. pugillus, pugillum, a handful, akin to pugnus the fist.] As much as is taken up between the thumb and two first fingers. [Obs.]
--Bacon.

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pugil

n. (context obsolete English) As much as is taken up between the thumb and two first fingers.

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Usage examples of "pugil".

And in the cenobite settlement you met the old man whom you asked to direct you to Dion Pugil?

He jammed his pugil stick into the closing aperture, preventing me from shutting him out.

During that pugil stick match, Gloth had attacked Kang with such ferocity that Kang was sure Gloth would be in line for leadership someday.

I had Sergeant Smith, now E7, instruct a program of special training in judo, fencing, and pugil sticks.

Before they knew it, the officers pounced, using their rifles as pugil sticks to knock the agents to the asphalt.

Ryan had used pugil sticks in the Marines and figured it wouldn't be too different.