Bow-street-runner



noun
(in Britain from 1749 to 1829) an officer at Bow Street magistrates’ court, London, whose duty was to pursue and arrest criminals
Historical Examples

Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Lost Sir Massingberd, v. 2/2 James Payn
Lost Sir Massingberd, v. 2/2 James Payn
Lost Sir Massingberd, v. 2/2 James Payn
Lost Sir Massingberd, v. 2/2 James Payn
A Rogue’s Life Wilkie Collins
Lost Sir Massingberd, v. 2/2 James Payn
Colonel Thorndyke’s Secret G. A. Henty
Lost Sir Massingberd, v. 2/2 James Payn
Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

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