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night watchman

or night-watch·man

noun
  1. watchman.
  2. Cricket. a batsman who is sent in to bat just before the end of a day's play and continues his innings on the next day of play.
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Origin of night watchman

First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for night watchman

Historical Examples

  • The day-watchman went, and the night-watchman came, each with his greeting.

    Pirate Gold

    Frederic Jesup Stimson

  • Night-watchman at a docks ain't the same thing as night-watchman at the road-up.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke

  • There stands Clay in his pyjamas with a man I recognise as the night-watchman, a European.

  • A brave man, one Patrick Hoggins, was night-watchman of the bridge.

    Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout

    Alfred Bishop Mason

  • The night-watchman was asleep by the fire in the engine-room.


British Dictionary definitions for night watchman

night watchman

noun
  1. Also called: night watch a person who keeps guard at night on a factory, public building, etc
  2. cricket a batsman sent in to bat to play out time when a wicket has fallen near the end of a day's play
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