Definition of Bow Street Runner in English:

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Bow Street Runner

Pronunciation: /ˈbəʊ/


The popular name for a London policeman during the first half of the 19th century.
Example sentences
  • Byrne, described by the Bow Street Runner as a ‘very human kind man’ did not testify.
  • Well, as I'm sure you know, the Bow Street Runners were the precursors to the Metropolitan Police.
  • By then, the Bow Street Runners were 70 strong and London had a total of 120 full-time police officers.


Named after Bow Street in London, site of the chief metropolitan magistrates' court.

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