nightstick

noun
night·stick | \ˈnīt-ˌstik \

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

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The cop extends his nightstick & yells at the group to get back. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "El Paso cop pulls gun on group of children, arrests cameraman," 10 July 2018 The officers retreated inside and stormed out again, moments later, a few using elbows and nightsticks to ring the pole where the California flag flew. Johnny Miller, SFChronicle.com, "5 years, $26 million for QB Young," 12 July 2018 George is in uniform as your friendly neighborhood cop complete with nightstick, dancing with his fellow outdoor fetishists. John Norris, Billboard, "George Michael's 'Outside' and Its Celebration of Cottaging Is Still Bolder Than Most Pop Music 20 Years Later," 29 May 2018 The arrests added images of swinging nightsticks and shoving matches with the police to the inaugural events. Andrew E. Kramer, BostonGlobe.com, "Putin starts 4th term with coronation-style ceremony," 7 May 2018 In Moscow, the police clashed with protesters, turning a central square into a swirl of swinging nightsticks and shoving matches. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Aleksei Navalny Detained at Protest on Eve of Putin’s Inauguration," 5 May 2018 There is no better way to clear a corner in a tough neighborhood than the arrival of two highway cops who jump out of an unmarked car with nightsticks. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., 73, elite highway patrolman and, later, a crime reporter for the Inquirer," 16 Mar. 2018 Klan leader Tom Metzger also was knocked to the ground by Oceanside police and had his nose bloodied by a nightstick. sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ku Klux Klan clash in Oceanside," 16 Mar. 2018 One of the male detainees kept through Sunday heard cops at the 20th District station complaining that their nightsticks were being impounded. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / Music What caused the melee outside a Public Enemy and Sonic Youth show at the Aragon in 1990?," 23 Feb. 2018

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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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nightstick

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nightstick

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

nightstick

noun
night·stick | \ˈnīt-ˌstik \

Kids Definition of nightstick

: a police officer's club

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