night·​stick | \ ˈnīt-ˌstik How to pronounce nightstick (audio) \

Definition of nightstick

: a police officer's club

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Examples of nightstick in a Sentence

police officers fitted out with nightsticks and handcuffs
Recent Examples on the Web In the first, Waters allegedly pressed his nightstick against the back of a man’s neck as another officer tried to handcuff him after responding to a domestic violence call. Randall Chase,, 1 Mar. 2022 In that situation, while responding to a domestic violence incident, Waters allegedly used his nightstick to repeatedly apply downward force on a suspect's neck, according to the indictment. Amy Simonson, CNN, 1 Mar. 2022 Seeing a cherubic, short-haired 13-year-old boy dressed as an L.A. cop, wielding a nightstick and talking about guns, is the kind of creepiness that beautifully serves a play about abuse of power and cultural stereotypes. Christopher Arnott,, 27 May 2021 One of the policemen was beating the man with a nightstick. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, 18 Aug. 2020 The original features a weakly-looking man whose head is lowered from the pressure of a boot on the back of his neck, his face is smothered by a powder blue mask that’s being pulled back tightly by hands wielding a nightstick. Sam Adams, The Denver Post, 17 July 2020 In one cartoon image, a stick figure wearing riot gear uses a nightstick to beat another stick figure on the ground. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 18 June 2020 He’s been known to jab people with his nightstick and push guests. Sarah Brookbank,, 28 May 2020 After about 600 peaceful protesters began the first march — a 54-mile trek from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital in Montgomery — they were brutalized by police officers using nightsticks, whips, and tear gas. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, 7 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of nightstick

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nightstick was in 1887

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night·​stick | \ ˈnīt-ˌstik How to pronounce nightstick (audio) \

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: a police officer's club

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