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[uhn-der-sher-if] /ˈʌn dərˌʃɛr ɪf/
a sheriff's deputy, especially one on whom the sheriff's duties devolve when the office is vacant.
Origin of undersheriff
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at under-, sheriff Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He employed a deputy or undersheriff, who was an attorney, and clerks.

  • No sheriff, undersheriff, or county clerk shall enter any complaints in their books unless the complaining party is present.

  • Should the undersheriff hear nothing further, he hangs the man at the end of the respite, as a matter of course.

  • His judicial office of undersheriff of London had required his close attention every Thursday.

    The Oxford Reformers Frederic Seebohm
  • His practice at the bar, and appointment as undersheriff, id.Erasmus visits him and writes the Praise of Folly at his house, 193.

    The Oxford Reformers Frederic Seebohm
  • The undersheriff was on his way to town, but on sighting his superior among us, he halted and a conference ensued.

    The Outlet Andy Adams
British Dictionary definitions for undersheriff


a deputy sheriff
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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