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Old Bill

noun (Brit, slang)
1.
a policeman
2.
(functioning as pl) the Old Bill, policemen collectively or in general
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin: perhaps derived from the World War I cartoon of a soldier with a drooping moustache
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  • Now that you speak of it, said Paul, I remember I have an old bill about me.

    The Motor Boys Clarence Young
  • For some time the maherry was led in hand, old bill being its conductor.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • They were then three years old, and one of them was old bill.

    Prairie Gold Various
  • Among them old bill saw some things that had appertained to himself.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • old bill approached warily, knowing from the tone of the voice, that something unpleasant was in store.

    The Missing Formula Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
  • old bill likes the looks of a dollar as well as any man you ever knew.

    A Woman at Bay Nicholas Carter
  • You see, Collie has a strange an' powerful sense of duty to old bill.

  • She and old bill seemed to be in partnership in about everything he could have a part in.

    Prairie Gold Various
  • By the time they were back at camp, old bill had the blankets spread out, more fuel on the fire, and his pipe going.

  • Well, as I said in the beginning, we buried old bill to-day.

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