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Definition of deed poll in English:
- Literally, if a new series doesn't inspire at least 50 people to change their name by deed poll to that of one of the show's characters, it's deemed an irrevocable failure.
- For a reasonable fee, a solicitor will arrange a simple name change by deed poll.
- Inebriated, both of them decided to change their names by deed poll for a bet.
Late 16th century: so named because the parchment was ‘polled’ or cut cleanly, not indented at the edges as in the case of a deed made by two parties.
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