night-watchman love


from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who acts as a watchman during the night.


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  • If we took away antitrust laws (while keeping civil and criminal liability for fraud, theft, coercion, bribery, etc.), and if the government were reduced to a night-watchman state (with its focus on national defense and domestic law-enforcement), then I find it hard to imagine a scenario in which a corporation, however big, could force a monopoly on people without breaking the then-existing law.

    Technological Determinishm, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • They attacked with crude weapons the men members of the perp's extended family from Acapulco, (hence, newcomers and racially different; read of African slave heritage) as one of those brothers was the current night-watchman on the bridge project beside the casa.

    On Civility

  • The young man, whose bicycle had been thieved had returned with a gang of his amigos, to inflict bodily harm on the family of the night-watchman, who they thought were harbouring the perp of the bicycle theft.

    On Civility

  • A stout, middle-aged man led the procession; he was Mr. Cuttle, the night-watchman.

    Dear Carl

  • I ordered the night-watchman to lock the front door and bring everybody in the building here.

    Dear Carl

  • Langton had the night-watchman in the palm of his hand; the man even offered to make them a cup of tea!

    Deadly Intent

  • The glass doors were locked, but a night-watchman sat inside, reading a newspaper.

    Deadly Intent

  • Accompanied by the night-watchman, she went up in the lift to Rushtons floor.

    Deadly Intent

  • The night-watchman keyed in the code and the doors glided back.

    Deadly Intent

  • Langton asked the night-watchman, George, for the tapes and to open another office for him to use, rather than remain in Rushtons.

    Deadly Intent

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