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bumbailiff

[buhm-bey-lif] /ˌbʌmˈbeɪ lɪf/
noun, British Disparaging.
1.
a bailiff or underbailiff employed in serving writs, making arrests, etc.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; bum2 + bailiff
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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 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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