American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sheriff's officer, especially one who arrests debtors.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See catchpoll.
- n. An implement formerly used for seizing and securing a man who would otherwise be out of reach. It was carried by foot-soldiers in combats with horsemen, and later by civil officers in apprehending criminals. The head, made of light metal bars, was provided with strong springs, so arranged as to hold firmly anything, as the neck or a limb of one pursued, over which it was forced.
- n. The game of tennis.
- From catch + pole. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English cacchepol, from Norman French cachepol, probably from Old French chacepol : chacier, to chase; see chase1 + poul, rooster (from Latin pullus, chicken; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“KABC reports that multiple methods were attempted to draw out the kitten, but ultimately they saved the cat with a makeshift catchpole made of wire and cables.”
“' We took it out with the catchpole and we could just hold it, '' Kreider said.”
“With this view, while the bailiff conducted him to bed in another apartment, he desired the catchpole to act the part of mediator between him and the Count, and furnished him with proper instructions for that purpose.”
“The stronghold of the bailiff was carried by storm, the scholar set at liberty, and the delinquent catchpole borne off captive to the college, where, having no pump to put him under, they satisfied the demands of collegiate law by ducking him in an old cistern.”
“And the catchpole, rather than risk his carcase, consented to discharge the debt, comforting himself with the hope of making me prisoner again.”
“The catchpole, after a diligent search, had an opportunity of executing the writ upon the defendant, who, without ceremony, broke one of his arms, fractured his skull, and belaboured him in such a manner, that he lay without sense or motion on the spot.”
“The money was immediately deposited; Miss Williams gratified the two evidences with one half, and putting the other in her pocket drove borne with me, leaving the catchpole grumbling over his loss, yet pleased in the main, for having so cheaply got clear of a business that might have cost him ten times the sum, and his place to boot.”
“Here the lady thought fit to interpose, and tell the catchpole, if he had taken her word for it at first, he might have saved himself and her a great deal of trouble.”
“Then the tabor beat a point of war, and the gauntlets began to do their duty; insomuch that the catchpole had his crown cracked in no less than nine places.”
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