patroller knocked at the door, stepped in and closed it behind him.
My mother had a brother Hobb and the patroller tried to whip him.
The master told John Arnold, the patroller chief, not to bother 'em.
They held council that night among the grass huts—the nine that were left after the unsuccessful attack on the patroller.
I stumbled among the others—that crowd you used to capture the patroller—and got a line on where you were.
He wouldn't low a overseer on the place, or a patroller either.
One day the patroller chief was rambling thoo' the place and found some letters writ to Mitchell and Andrew.
If you have read this interview hastily and have missed the patroller joke on page three, turn back and read it now.
His name was Buck Colbert and he claimed he was a patroller.
One day he heard a patroller boasting how many Negroes he had killed.
1660s, "action of going the rounds" (of a military camp, etc.), from French patrouille "a night watch" (1530s), from patrouiller "go the rounds to watch or guard," originally "tramp through the mud," probably soldiers' slang, from Old French patouiller "paddle in water," probably from pate "paw, foot" (see patten). Compare paddlefoot, World War II U.S. Army slang for "infantry soldier." Meaning "those who go on a patrol" is from 1660s. Sense of "detachment of soldiers sent out to scout the countryside, the enemy, etc." is attested from 1702.
1690s, from patrol (n.) and in part from French patrouiller. Related: Patrolled; patrolling.