from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A tax-gatherer.
- noun A sheriff's officer, bailiff, constable, or other person whose duty is to make arrests.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A bailiff's assistant.
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- noun Alternative form of
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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 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.
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.
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.