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patrolman

[puh-trohl-muh n] /pəˈtroʊl mən/
noun, plural patrolmen.
1.
a police officer who is assigned to patrol a specific district, route, etc.
2.
a person who patrols.
Origin of patrolman
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; patrol + -man
Usage note
See -man.
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  • The patrolman heard the Thropp story and tried to keep the crowd away.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Finally the patrolman announced one morning that there was no other way out of it.

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  • The pistol went off grazing the edge of Batoche's fox-skin cap, and the hunter's blade plunged deep into the patrolman's heart.

    The Bastonnais John Lesperance
  • The patrolman says that he has seen no light in the house since the family sailed for Africa.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • Forgetting their police power, I pushed one of them aside, declaring that I wanted a patrolman and not a house porter.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • There was no time now to seek out the patrolman on the post; the job must be all his.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
  • There was a patrolman and a guard, I think, and perhaps a detective.

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  • During that time, he'd expected the sound of shots from the patrolman's gun.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
British Dictionary definitions for patrolman

patrolman

/pəˈtrəʊlmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
(mainly US) a man, esp a policeman, who patrols a certain area
2.
(Brit) a man employed to patrol an area to help motorists in difficulty
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Word Origin and History for patrolman
n.

"police constable on a particular beat," 1841, from patrol (n.) + man (n.).

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