Definition of nightwatchman in English:

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Pronunciation: /nʌɪtˈwɒtʃmən/

noun (plural nightwatchmen)

1A person whose job is to guard a building at night.
Example sentences
  • He also served, when necessary, in the role of nightwatchman, guarding all the horses and vehicles of the royal carriage and hobby stables.
  • Nightwatchmen in Nairobi munch it to stay alert through the dangerous nights in the crime-ridden capital.
  • The director, who ran a demolition company, had been standing in for the nightwatchman at the compound.
2 Cricket An inferior batsman sent in to bat when a wicket falls just before the end of a day’s play, to avoid the dismissal of a better one in adverse conditions.
Example sentences
  • If Australia had sent two nightwatchmen out to bat last night, and the rains came before a ball had been bowled, would the same two batsmen have to start the innings this morning?
  • The youngster was not always composed but displayed an exuberance reminiscent of Alex Tudor's match-winning innings as a nightwatchman at Edgbaston last year.
  • A few weeks later he achieved a career-best 89 not out for Yorkshire after going in as a nightwatchman.

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