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 for Watchman''s rattle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Watchman \Watch"man\, n.; pl. Watchmen.
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     1. One set to watch; a person who keeps guard; a guard; a
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     2. Specifically, one who guards a building, or the streets of
        a city, by night.
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     Watchman beetle (Zool.), the European dor.
     Watchman's clock, a watchman's detector in which the
        apparatus for recording the times of visiting several
        stations is contained within a single clock.
     Watchman's detector, or Watchman's time detector, an
        apparatus for recording the time when a watchman visits a
        station on his rounds.
     Watchman's rattle, an instrument having at the end of a
        handle a revolving arm, which, by the action of a strong
        spring upon cogs, produces, when in motion, a loud, harsh,
        rattling sound.
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