- (formerly) a bailiff or underbailiff employed in serving writs, making arrests, etc.
Origin of bumbailiff
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- British derogatory (formerly) an officer employed to collect debts and arrest debtors for nonpayment
C17: from bum 1 + bailiff, so called because he follows hard behind debtors
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Word Origin and History for bumbailiff
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