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night stick

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noun
  1. a special club carried by a policeman; billy.
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Origin of night stick

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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Related Words

wand, cudgel, rod, mace, truncheon, nightstick, business, staff, club, blackjack, billy, sap, works, bludgeon, baton, hammer, quarterstaff, hickory, mallet, shillelagh

Examples from the Web for nightstick

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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


British Dictionary definitions for nightstick

night stick

noun
  1. 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

n.

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

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