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night stick

a special club carried by a policeman; billy.
Origin of night stick
1885-90, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The absence of the night-stick and ready revolver must be supplied by overwhelming physical force.

    Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray
  • "Oh, you don't have to hit the soles of my feet with a night-stick to keep me awake," he said.

    Once Upon A Time Richard Harding Davis
  • The bigger of the two policemen prodded the other in the ribs with his night-stick.

  • The dagger and the night-stick (the latter a stout truncheon weighted with lead) were doing the work, and effectively, too.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • The other prodded with his night-stick against the capacious overcoat pockets.

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
  • The other officer came running with his night-stick in the air, but my Scotch-Irish was rising, and I threw up my guard.

    The Road Builders Samuel Merwin
  • No one was abroad but an occasional policeman, twirling his night-stick.

    The Happy Venture Edith Ballinger Price
  • We walked past it once, as an officer was making his rounds in leisurely fashion, swinging his night-stick in circles.

    Sight Unseen Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • And then the dog would change into a bow-legged policeman swingin' a night-stick threatenin'.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • And a man in a dark blue uniform stepped into view, night-stick in hand.

    Dave Porter on Cave Island Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for night-stick

night stick

(US & Canadian) a heavy baton or club carried by a policeman, prima British equivalent truncheon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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