Last September, sexton pleaded guilty in New York state court to money laundering and agreed to forfeit $600,000.
“No, old chap,” cried North, slapping the sexton on the shoulder in a jocular way.
Why, here in Denmark: I have been sexton here, man and boy, thirty years.
As I was going through the churchyard, the sexton poked up his head from an open grave to stare at me.
And Luke glared at the sexton as if he would have penetrated his secret soul.
He pushed the empty chest into the river and then went home with the sexton to get his bushelful of money.
"Could the dead hear thee, thy mother might do so," returned the sexton.
It appeared that the sexton of St. Matthew's was growing old.
"It was not my intention to have done so," answered the sexton, suspending his occupation.
If two farmers had their goolthise on the same day the parson and sexton favoured one and the clerk the other.
c.1300, sekesteyn, "person in charge of the sacred objects of a church," from Old French segrestien, from Medieval Latin sacristanus (see sacristan). Sense of "custodian of a church" first recorded 1580s. Fem. forms sextress, sextrice are recorded 15c., but the usual form is sextoness (early 15c.).