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  • noun Someone who guards a premises at night.
  • noun cricket A batsman who is sent in to bat higher than his usual position near the end of a day's play (when light is poor), in order to protect better batsmen.

Etymologies

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nightwatch +‎ man

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  • Cricket jargon - a batsman who is sent in to bat in a postion higher than his usual rank in the order, usually toward the end of a day's play. The aim is to protect the better batsmen by not having them play at a time when they have little opportunity to score runs and may risk being dismissed due to tiredness. Usually does not carry a torch or bell.

    November 30, 2007