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the noble art (of self-defense)

The sport of boxing. Any two yahoos can get into a fistfight, but it takes real skill, dedication, and training to learn the noble art of self-defense. He spent most of his career training in the noble art before joining the world of mixed martial arts last year.
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the noble art

boxing. chiefly archaic
A fuller version of this phrase is the noble art (or science ) of self-defence .
See also: art, noble
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The nobles stepped back from about the dead body of their ruler, and one of them pointed to the grinning corpse.
Without another glance toward me, who had stood a spectator of the tragic scene, the nobles wheeled and fled from the apartment through another exit.
Their eyes rested for a moment, wide in horror, upon the dead body of Salensus Oll, upon the blood that crimsoned the floor, upon the corpses of the nobles who had fallen thick before the throne, upon me, and upon the battling warriors at the other door.
It is done, Vas Kor," he said, handing a small metal key to the tall noble who had just risen from his sleeping silks and furs.
His merchant-master accepted the first offer that was made for him, and thus a Dusarian noble entered the household of Carthoris.
Another thing, a painful thing he had learned from it, too, that the attitude of Joan de Tany, daughter of an old and noble house, was but the attitude which the Outlaw of Torn must expect from any good woman of her class; what he must expect from Bertrade de Montfort when she learned that Roger de Conde was Norman of Torn.
Birth and station spelled honor to her, and honor, to the daughter of an English noble, was a mightier force even than love.
Who would have thought that you, noble Athelstane that you, descended of Harold's blood, and that I, whose father was not the worst defender of the Saxon crown, should be prisoners to a vile Norman, in the very hall in which our ancestors held such high festival?
Look up at the window, noble Cedric, and judge by the sunbeams if it is not on the verge of noon.
I have known noble ones who lost their highest hope.
My noble captain neither games, nor sings, nor dances,' said his host, taking a seat beside him.
Good night, noble captain,' whispered the blind man as he held it open for his passage out; 'Farewell, brave general.
Yes, my noble friends," he continued, addressing the company, "l assure you that my adventures have been strange enough to deter even the most avaricious men from seeking wealth by traversing the seas.