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night stick

a special club carried by a policeman; billy.
Origin of night stick
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90 Unabridged
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  • He clutched his nightstick and scowled out from under the brim of his uniform cap.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
  • His next aim was better; but this time the nightstick didn't connect.

  • Kelly's nightstick got his pneumonia gas jet, or whatever you call it.

    The Voice on the Wire Eustace Hale Ball
  • The policeman's nightstick was getting more and more irritated.

    Young People's Pride Stephen Vincent Benet
  • He'd done nearly five blocks before a flatfoot steps out of a doorway and waves a nightstick at him.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • At the bottom of the stair the policeman rapped on a door with his nightstick, a good loud rap.

    The Boy With the U.S. Census Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • The policeman, although nonchalantly swinging a nightstick, appeared to be watching him.

  • Oliver noticed with an inane distinctness that he had started to swirl his nightstick as a large blue cat might switch its tail.

    Young People's Pride Stephen Vincent Benet
  • A big smile on his face and the splintered remains of his nightstick still stuck in his fist.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for nightstick

night stick

(US & Canadian) a heavy baton or club carried by a policeman, prima British equivalent truncheon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nightstick

also night-stick, 1887, from night + stick (n.). So called because it was carried on night patrols.

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