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

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  • The policeman, although nonchalantly swinging a nightstick, appeared to be watching him.

  • His next aim was better; but this time the nightstick didn't connect.

  • The policeman's nightstick was getting more and more irritated.

    Young People's Pride Stephen Vincent Benet
  • Kelly's nightstick got his pneumonia gas jet, or whatever you call it.

    The Voice on the Wire Eustace Hale Ball
  • He clutched his nightstick and scowled out from under the brim of his uniform cap.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
  • 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
  • At the bottom of the stair the policeman rapped on a door with his nightstick, a good loud rap.

    The Boy With the U.S. Census Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Oliver noticed with an inane distinctness that he had started to swirl his nightstick as a large blue cat might switch its tail.

    Young People's Pride Stephen Vincent Benet
  • A big smile on his face and the splintered remains of his nightstick still stuck in his fist.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison

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