- (formerly) a petty officer of justice, especially one arresting persons for debt.
Origin of catchpole
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Mr. Catchpole, this assumes a very—I may say—painful aspect.
You can tell Mr. Catchpole his master wishes to see him here.
I do not blame her so much, though, as I do that wretch of a Catchpole.
They were all immediately informed that a catchpole was housed.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.
If that's all right, Mr. Catchpole will give you your agreement.Paul Kelver
Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
- (in medieval England) a sheriff's officer who arrested debtors
Old English cæcepol, from Medieval Latin cacepollus tax-gatherer, literally: chicken-chaser, from cace- catch + pollus (from Latin pullus chick)
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