night·​stick | \ˈnīt-ˌstik \

Definition of nightstick 

: a police officer's club

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Synonyms for nightstick


bastinado (or bastinade), bat, baton, billy, billy club, bludgeon, cane, club, cudgel, rod, rung [Scottish], sap, shillelagh (also shillalah), staff, truncheon, waddy [Australian]

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Examples of nightstick in a Sentence

police officers fitted out with nightsticks and handcuffs

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Reporter John Linstead of the Chicago Daily News, seeing three young women being clubbed, shouted at the officers to stop—only to have them turn on him with their nightsticks, hospitalizing him for two days. David Greenberg, WSJ, "A Half Century of ‘Liberal Media Bias’," 23 Aug. 2018 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,, "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,, "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,, "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., "Ku Klux Klan clash in Oceanside," 16 Mar. 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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English Language Learners Definition of nightstick

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


night·​stick | \ˈnīt-ˌstik \

Kids Definition of nightstick

: a police officer's club

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a knickknack or trinket

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