- a peace officer subordinate to a sheriff.
Origin of deputy sheriff
First recorded in 1665–75
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Examples from the Web for deputy sheriff
"And fights like a devil," replied Dan Treu, the deputy-sheriff.The Lady Doc
Because Cotton's a deputy-sheriff; he had a right to arrest you.King Coal
Sillett had levelled a pistol at the deputy-sheriff, repeating his words with one addition: "Quick!"
My friend, deputy-sheriff like me, found himself in this hell of--I mean in this terrible tight place.
As most of them had never seen the play, they were not surprised when Holden did not again join the attack on the deputy-sheriff.Northern Lights