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point duty

noun
1.
the stationing of a policeman or traffic warden at a road junction to control and direct traffic
2.
the position at the head of a military patrol, regarded as being the most dangerous
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  • He's on point duty up and down there for the last ten minutes.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • A policeman on point duty eyed him curiously, yet with no hint of suspicion.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • Do you mean she's on speaking terms with the policeman on point duty at Piccadilly Circus?

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • There was a policeman on point duty at the other side of the square.

    The Secret House Edgar Wallace
  • The traffic had never appeared so congested, the efforts of the agents on point duty so hopelessly futile.

  • It was an easy matter to find the constable who had been on point duty at the crossing when the “accident” happened.

  • Why, even the policeman who stood at point duty outside must have known all about it!

  • When we came into Jamaica Square, there was a young copper on point duty at the corner.

    Fanny's First Play George Bernard Shaw
  • It mounted guard like a policeman on point duty, and when we appeared it seemed to shriek, "Now I've got you!"

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold

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