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(in professional cycle racing) a referee who travels in an open-topped car with the riders to witness any infringement of the rules
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from French: see commissary
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  • And then the priest put the questions together for the commissaire.

    There are Crimes and Crimes August Strindberg
  • Just as Andre fell, a commissaire had rushed forward and seized a woman.

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • "It is all very incorrect," said the commissaire reproachfully.

    The Summons A.E.W. Mason
  • But how could the commissaire then know what we had been saying?

    There are Crimes and Crimes August Strindberg
  • Then he exchanged a sharp glance with the commissaire, and moved his shoulders in an almost imperceptible shrug.

    At the Villa Rose A. E. W. Mason
  • But I was a foreigner who had been working for babies in the commissaire's district.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • "Yes, mon commissaire," said Madame Pipelet, putting herself into a military attitude.

  • It was the commissaire of Police who came to me, and naturally I talked with him for a little while.

    At the Villa Rose A. E. W. Mason
  • "All right, petite," said the commissaire, rubbing his hands and assuming his most oily tone.

    Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray
  • Besnard, the commissaire of Police, bent over Hanaud's shoulder.

    At the Villa Rose A. E. W. Mason

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