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Bow Street runner

/ bəʊ /

noun

  1. (in Britain from 1749 to 1829) an officer at Bow Street magistrates' court, London, whose duty was to pursue and arrest criminals


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No chance of giving any one the slip in that direction; and no sign, either, of the Bow Street runner.

I believe that fellow is a Bow Street runner; if so, it is rum if we cannot manage to get even with him before we go.

Did you ever hear in your life of such a natural curiosity as a Bow Street Runner?

"Perfectly right," remarked the Bow Street runner, approvingly.

And he says that at home he had throttled a Bow Street runner before he went off with the smugglers.

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