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night watchman

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.
Origin of night watchman
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Surprised, the night watchman ran to a boxcar for shelter.
  • We have likened the dream to the night watchman or sleep-defender who wishes to protect our sleep from being disturbed.
  • The night watchman was on his feet, saluting with one hand, his flashlight in the other showing her the way.
  • Enter an estimate of annual security costs, such as a night watchman or alarm system maintenance.
  • The night watchman will also be required to tap the hour of the night.
  • The night watchman and key officers in the fire department had keys to the school.
  • The entrance gate was locked at night and a night watchman is on duty.
  • The claimant said that he lived at a friend's horse ranch and served as night watchman for room and board only.
British Dictionary definitions for night watchman

night watchman

Also called night watch. a person who keeps guard at night on a factory, public building, etc
(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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