nightstick (n.) also night-stick, 1887, from NIGHT (Cf. night) + STICK (Cf. stick) (n.). So called because it was carried on night patrols.

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  • nightstick — ightstick n. A policeman s club. Syn: truncheon, billy, billy club, billystick. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nightstick — ☆ nightstick [nīt′stik΄ ] n. a policeman s club; billy * * * night·stick (nītʹstĭk ) n. A club carried by a police officer. * * * …   Universalium

  • nightstick — ☆ nightstick [nīt′stik΄ ] n. a policeman s club; billy …   English World dictionary

  • nightstick — UK [ˈnaɪtˌstɪk] / US noun [countable] Word forms nightstick : singular nightstick plural nightsticks American a truncheon …   English dictionary

  • nightstick — [[t]na͟ɪtstɪk[/t]] nightsticks N COUNT A nightstick is a short thick club that is carried by policemen in the United States. [AM] (in BRIT, use truncheon) …   English dictionary

  • nightstick — noun Date: 1887 a police officer s club …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nightstick — noun A long narrow pole like club carried by police and security people, for use in self defense. Often shortened to stick. Syn: truncheon, baton …   Wiktionary

  • nightstick — night|stick [ˈnaıtˌstık] n AmE a short thick stick carried as a weapon by police officers British Equivalent: truncheon …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nightstick — night|stick [ naıt,stık ] noun count AMERICAN a short stick carried by police officers as a weapon …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • nightstick — n. heavy stick or club used by a policeman …   English contemporary dictionary

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