Definition of baton charge in English:

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baton charge

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun

A headlong rush made by police officers with drawn truncheons, typically used in riot control to force crowds to disperse: riot police fired tear gas and launched baton charges at protesters
More example sentences
  • Some 150 demonstrators were struck during a police baton charge on Sunday.
  • Police resorted to a baton charge to disperse a slogan-shouting group of strikers.
  • Despite full speed baton charges by mounted riot police it took over an hour for the cops to clear people from the grounds.

verb

(baton-charge) [with object]
Charge at (a group of people) with drawn truncheons: police baton-charged the crowd
More example sentences
  • Riot cops moved in to baton charge the few remaining partygoers.
  • Police tear-gassed and baton charged the workers who were opposing company strikebreakers.
  • When management ordered security guards to fire shots into the air and baton-charge employees, the workers responded by throwing stones.
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