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 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 Plainclothes security forces, some wielding nightsticks, drag one man off by the hair of his head. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2019 One man sued the police in 1975, alleging that Barboza split his forehead with a nightstick., 27 Nov. 2019

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Nightstick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nightstick

US : a heavy stick that is carried by police officers and is used as a weapon


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

Kids Definition of nightstick

: a police officer's club

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