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bandolier +‎ -wise


  • IPA(key): /ˌbændəˈlɪə(ɹ)waɪz/


bandolierwise (not comparable)

  1. In the manner of a bandolier, looped over the shoulder on one side and under the arm on the other.
    • 1612, attributed to Thomas Dekker, "O Per Se O" in A. B. Judges (ed.), The Elizabethan Underworld - a Collection of Tudor and Early Stuart Tracts and Ballads, Routledge, 1930, reprinted 2002, p. 371, [1]
      The abram cove is a lusty strong rogue, who walketh with a slade about his quarroms trining to his hams, bandolierwise, for all the world as cutpurses and thieves wear their sheets to the gallows, in which their trulls are to bury them.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, Penguin, 1992, p. 540,
      The young figure of then is seen, precociously manly, walking on a nipping morning from the old house in Clambrassil street to the high school, his booksatchel on him bandolierwise, and in it a goodly hunk of wheaten loaf, a mother's thought.
    • 1938, George Orwell, chapter 1, in Homage to Catalonia[2]:
      I remember very vividly the torchlit scene—the uproar and excitement, the red flags flapping in the torchlight, the massed ranks of militiamen with their knapsacks on their backs and their rolled blankets worn bandolier-wise across the shoulder []