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bumbailiff

[buhm-bey-lif] /ˌbʌmˈbeɪ lɪf/
noun, British: Disparaging.
1.
(formerly) a bailiff or underbailiff employed in serving writs, making arrests, etc.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; bum2 + bailiff; alluding to their following close behind debtors and other offenders
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bumbailiff

/ˌbʌmˈbeɪlɪf/
noun
1.
(Brit, derogatory) (formerly) an officer employed to collect debts and arrest debtors for nonpayment
Word Origin
C17: from bum1 + bailiff, so called because he follows hard behind debtors
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Word Origin and History for bum bailiff

bumbailiff

n.

server of writs, maker of arrests, etc., c.1600, from bum "arse" (see bum (n.1)), because he was always felt to be close behind, + bailiff.

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