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Bow Street runner

(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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  • I am as badly off as you; for, hang me, if there was not a bow street runner in the town.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "It will certainly not be worth my while," returned the bow street runner curtly.

  • "You will never make a bow street runner," interrupted Mr. Townshend, shaking his head.

  • "Don't mention it, my good sir," observed the bow street runner, as he disposed of his third slice of ham.

  • "There was a mark," remarked the bow street runner, reflectively; and I am pretty sure it was upon this very note.

  • No chance of giving any one the slip in that direction; and no sign, either, of the bow street runner.

    A Rogue's Life Wilkie Collins
  • The bow street runner, however, said never a word, but proceeded with his interminable breakfast.

  • 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.

  • "My name is Townshend," interrupted the bow street runner, with great distinctness.

  • And he says that at home he had throttled a bow street runner before he went off with the smugglers.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

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