night stick


noun

a special club carried by a policeman; billy.

Nearby words

  1. night safe,
  2. night school,
  3. night shift,
  4. night snake,
  5. night soil,
  6. night sweats,
  7. night table,
  8. night terror,
  9. night terrors,
  10. night vision

Origin of night stick

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90

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British Dictionary definitions for nightstick

night stick

noun

US and Canadian a heavy baton or club carried by a policeman, primaBritish equivalent: truncheon
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Word Origin and History for nightstick

nightstick

n.

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

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