Definition of bum-bailiff in English:


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historical , • derogatory
  • A bailiff empowered to collect debts or arrest debtors for non-payment: a confounded pettifogging bum-bailiff
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    • They are also often called bum-bailiffs or, shortly, ‘bums’.
    • They will do what the law commands, but they will not volunteer to act as tip-staves of bum-bailiffs.
    • Up to the time that a post office was established on January 1, 1806, it was known as Bumbridge because the bum-bailiff fell through the bridge while attempting to arrest a person.


early 17th century: from bum2, so named because of the association of an approach from behind.

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