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Swashbuckler is a term that emerged in the 16th century and was used as a term for pirates and swordsmen.
A buckle was a kind of small shield. When men wanted to impress people they would stride around town with a sword and buckler on their belts.
The buckler would ‘swash’ against their clothes. So they became known as swashbucklers.
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