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or catchpoll

[kach-pohl] /ˈkætʃˌpoʊl/
(formerly) a petty officer of justice, especially one arresting persons for debt.
Origin of catchpole
late Old English
before 1050; Middle English cacchepol, late Old English cæcephol < Medieval Latin cacepollus tax-gatherer, literally, chase-fowl, equivalent to cace- (< Old North French; see catch) + pollus < Latin pullus chick; see pullet
Related forms
catchpolery, catchpollery, noun Unabridged
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  • I do not blame her so much, though, as I do that wretch of a catchpole.

    Catharine Furze Mark Rutherford
  • Mr. catchpole, this assumes a very—I may say—painful aspect.

    Catharine Furze Mark Rutherford
  • You can tell Mr. catchpole his master wishes to see him here.

    Catharine Furze Mark Rutherford
  • They were all immediately informed that a catchpole was housed.

  • If that's all right, Mr. catchpole will give you your agreement.

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
  • The administration of justice occupied a horde of officials, from the Justice down to the catchpole.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
  • The name she had chosen was catchpole; and it still survived as an identifying force, if called on.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • You must know, that he that made the escape and the catchpole are a couple of ancient friends and pot-companions.

  • catchpole, the landlord of a small inn, two miles from the Dingle, and not far from Willenhall in Staffordshire.

    Isopel Berners George Borrow
  • They arrested that catchpole: they led him to the place where he had offended: and there they made an example of him.

    South London Sir Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for catchpole


(in medieval England) a sheriff's officer who arrested debtors
Word Origin
Old English cæcepol, from Medieval Latin cacepollus tax-gatherer, literally: chicken-chaser, from cace-catch + pollus (from Latin pullus chick)
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