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British Dictionary definitions for point duty

point duty

noun
  1. the stationing of a policeman or traffic warden at a road junction to control and direct traffic
  2. the position at the head of a military patrol, regarded as being the most dangerous
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  • At last he inquired of the constable on point-duty, and then went up St. Martin's Lane.

    Spies of the Kaiser

    William Le Queux

  • It is a baffling but rather seductive smell, and they tell me that the policemen miss it when they are transferred to point-duty.

  • My first impulse was to turn and step along to Oxford Circus, where I knew another constable would be on point-duty.

    The Place of Dragons

    William Le Queux