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night watchman

or 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. 2016.
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  • The night-watchman was a trusted employee, and my father did not wish to accuse him unjustly.

    Tales of Fantasy and Fact Brander Matthews
  • A brave man, one Patrick Hoggins, was night-watchman of the bridge.

    Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout Alfred Bishop Mason
  • I saw the night-watchman on the Corydon standing at the galley door, looking out.

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

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

    Pirate Gold Frederic Jesup Stimson
  • He told it to the janitor, and the janitor told it to the night-watchman.

  • Nobody, except perhaps the night-watchman, had ever seen this bench empty.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • For downright, tantalizing cheerfulness there was no one to equal the night-watchman.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • Above his head, on the break of the poop, the night-watchman rang a double stroke.

  • Half-past eleven; we mustn't stop any longer or the night-watchman may see us.

    The Gadfly E. L. Voynich
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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