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bench warrant

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noun Law.
  1. a warrant issued or ordered by a judge or court for the apprehension of an offender.

Origin of bench warrant

First recorded in 1690–1700
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Historical Examples

  • Happily, about this time, police officers invaded the apartments of Disraeli and arrested him on a bench-warrant.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)

    Elbert Hubbard


British Dictionary definitions for bench warrant

bench warrant

noun
  1. a warrant issued by a judge or court directing that an offender be apprehended
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