bobbies

Bobbie

[bob-ee]
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Robert.
2.
a female given name.
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bobby

[bob-ee]
noun, plural bobbies. British Informal.
a policeman.

Origin:
1835–45; special use of Bobby, for Sir Robert Peel, who set up the Metropolitan Police system of London in 1828

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bobby (ˈbɒbɪ)
 
n , pl -bies
informal a British policeman
 
[C19: from Bobby after Sir Robert Peel, who, as Home Secretary, set up the Metropolitan Police Force in 1828]

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bobby
"London policeman," 1844, from Mr. (later Sir) Robert Peel (1788-1850), Home Secretary who introduced the Metropolitan Police Act (10 Geo IV, c.44) of 1829. Cf. peeler.
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