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  • n. Plural form of catchpoll.


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  • Howbeit they durst not shoot lest they should alarm the house, and I'm very light on my feet and being small and used to dodging catchpolls and the like vermin, I got safe away.

    Black Bartlemy's Treasure

  • Says I to you, because these lousy catchpolls being set on poor Godby by this black dog

    Black Bartlemy's Treasure

  • And yet, plague and perish it -- here's me warned off my pitch, here's me wi 'the damned catchpolls on my heels, and all along o' this same Gregory

    Black Bartlemy's Treasure

  • Gregory, and him my lady's man, my lady's stables is the last place catchpolls would come a-seeking Godby.

    Black Bartlemy's Treasure

  • Says I to you, by reason o 'two lousy catchpolls as won't let poor Godby be.

    Black Bartlemy's Treasure

  • Found catchpolls lurked there, true to his surmise.

    Georgian Poetry 1911-12

  • And so be magistrates, and catchpolls [constables] and all the lawyer folk.

    Joyce Morrell's Harvest The Annals of Selwick Hall

  • Butman and his fellow catchpolls had no thought of putting themselves to any personal discomfort.

    Anthony Burns : a history,

  • No! there is nobody here whom you shall arrest; and, by the holy mother of God, were your eyes not blind, you would have seen that here, where the king is taking an airing with his consort, there could be no one whom these catchpolls had to look for!

    Henry VIII and His Court

  • There were neither public commotions, nor private quarrels; neither parties, nor sects, nor schisms; neither persecutions, nor trials, nor punishments; nor were there counsellors, attorneys, catchpolls, or hangmen.

    Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete


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