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English definition of “baton”


noun [C] (WEAPON)    /ˈbæt.ɒn/ US  /bəˈtɑːn/ (UK also truncheon, US also nightstick)
a thick , heavy stick used as a weapon by police officers Poles, rods, shafts and sticksThe police generally
(Definition of baton noun (WEAPON) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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