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- n. Alternative form of catchpole.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bailiff's assistant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tax-gatherer.
- n. A sheriff's officer, bailiff, constable, or other person whose duty is to make arrests.
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Williamstown, and printed a quotation from that discourse, which, as I thought, a thief or catchpoll might well consider as establishing a fair presumption that it was so borrowed.
"Here's a griping colic to every catchpoll, harmon-beck and the like vermin 'twixt this and London town!" says he, and lifted the ale to his lips; but suddenly he sat it down untasted and rose: "Friends, I'm took!" quoth he.
To this same repugnance for his catchpoll work do I owe it that at the moment of setting out he offered to let me ride without the annoyance of an escort if I would pass him my parole not to attempt an escape.
The gallant traitor did not linger for the governor's catchpoll to seize him.
I'll not have him and you plotting to win you away ere the catchpoll [constable] come to carry you hence.
Bastian and the catchpoll, whichever of 'em lacks it first?
Once come the catchpoll to mine house, -- I wis not on what business, for, poor man! he tarried not to tell me when I come at him with the red-hot poker.
I have run after a thief with a poker: ay, and I have handled a Popish catchpoll, in Queen _Mary's_ days, that he never came near my house no more.
Denmark resembles one of those respectable streets in which it is scarcely necessary to station a catchpoll, because the inhabitants would at once join to seize a thief.
On the present occasion, we cannot but flatter ourselves that we bear a much greater resemblance to a practical catchpoll than either Mr Mill or Mr Bentham.