night watchman


: a person whose job is to watch and guard property at night

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In 1900, a night watchman reported bumping into Henry in the building, dressed for the office and seemingly going about his duties a couple of decades after his mortal exit, the Washington Post reported at the time. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2022 His father, James, was a night watchman and laborer who died when Franklin was 11. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2021 The National Transportation Safety Board had also faulted the U.S. Coast Guard for not enforcing the requirement to post a roving night watchman. NBC News, 2 Dec. 2020 The flames might have been sparked by cellphones and batteries left charging overnight -- a tragedy could have been prevented by a night watchman, National Transportation Safety Board investigators said in October. Amir Vera And Sarah Moon, CNN, 1 Dec. 2020 One, in New York City, missed the judge who was apparently its object but killed a night watchman. Adam Hochschild, Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2022 The fire that caused the deadly dive boat disaster might have been sparked by cell phones and batteries left charging overnight -- a tragedy that federal safety investigators said could have been prevented by a night watchman. Cheri Mossburg And Alaa Elassar, CNN, 2 Sep. 2022 Mayor William Tate told the local Rotary club, two years ago, that his grandfather was the first to take on the responsibilities of a night watchman in 1907. Dallas News, 18 May 2022 But with political unrest brewing and Australia opening its doors to immigrants, the family soon moved to Brisbane, where Robert found work as a night watchman in a factory. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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“Night watchman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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