Catch pole

catchpole

[kach-pohl]
noun
(formerly) a petty officer of justice, especially one arresting persons for debt.
Also, catchpoll.


Origin:
before 1050; Middle English cacchepol, late Old English cæcephol < Medieval Latin cacepollus tax-gatherer, literally, chase-fowl, equivalent to cace- (< Old North French; see catch) + pollus < Latin pullus chick; see pullet

catchpolery, catchpollery, noun
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catchpole or catchpoll (ˈkætʃˌpəʊl)
 
n
(in medieval England) a sheriff's officer who arrested debtors
 
[Old English cæcepol, from Medieval Latin cacepollus tax-gatherer, literally: chicken-chaser, from cace-catch + pollus (from Latin pullus chick)]
 
catchpoll or catchpoll
 
n
 
[Old English cæcepol, from Medieval Latin cacepollus tax-gatherer, literally: chicken-chaser, from cace-catch + pollus (from Latin pullus chick)]

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