A ruffian; a swaggerer. “From swashing,” says Fuller, “and
making a noise on the buckler.” The sword-players used to “swash” or
tap their shield, as fencers tap their foot upon the ground when they
attack. (Worthies of England.) (A.D. 1662.) (See Swinge-Buckler.)
“A bravo, a swashbuckler, one that for money and good cheere will
follow any man to defend him; but if any danger come, he runs away the
first, and leaves him in the lurch.” —Florio.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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