noun British Disparaging.
a bailiff or underbailiff employed in serving writs, making arrests, etc.

1595–1605; bum2 + bailiff

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bumbailiff (ˌbʌmˈbeɪlɪf)
derogatory (Brit) (formerly) an officer employed to collect debts and arrest debtors for nonpayment
[C17: from bum1 + bailiff, so called because he follows hard behind debtors]

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server of writs, maker of arrests, etc., c.1600, from bum "arse," because he was always felt to be close behind.
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