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 He’s been known to jab people with his nightstick and push guests. Sarah Brookbank,, "Travel Channel 'Portals to Hell' episode on Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield airs Thursday," 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, "It Shouldn't Take Violence for White Americans to Push for Black Civil Rights," 7 Mar. 2020 Plainclothes security forces, some wielding nightsticks, drag one man off by the hair of his head. Washington Post, "As internet restored, online Iran protest videos show chaos," 24 Nov. 2019 One man sued the police in 1975, alleging that Barboza split his forehead with a nightstick., "Alleged sexual assault victim wants to sue town of Bristol - The Boston Globe," 27 Nov. 2019 Arresting a man for selling loose and untaxed cigarettes, as Mr. Garner was suspected of doing that day in 2014, seems to many younger officers a concept as dated as a six-shooter and a nightstick. Michael Wilson, New York Times, "After Pantaleo, Wary N.Y.P.D. Officers Say No One Has Their Backs," 22 Aug. 2019 With ratings like that, DeWalt wisely equipped the tool with an electronic clutch to prevent kickback and motor burnout, and an auxiliary handle with the stoutness of a nightstick. Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Popular Mechanics Tool Awards," 14 June 2019 More than 200 cops wielding nightsticks had to break up the fight. Ed Barkowitz,, "Bryan Colangelo mess inspires memories of Wilt, T.O. and a Spectrum melee," 31 May 2018 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

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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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2 Jun 2020

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“Nightstick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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) \

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: a police officer's club

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