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provost marshal

[proh-voh] /ˈproʊ voʊ/
noun
1.
Army. an officer on the staff of a commander, charged with the maintaining of order and with other police functions within a command.
2.
Navy. an officer charged with the safekeeping of a prisoner pending trial by court-martial.
Origin of provost marshal
1525-1535
1525-35
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  • The medical department handled one aspect of the case and the provost marshal the other.

  • She was hurried from the provost marshal's and into the carriage again.

    The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • After dinner, Captain Doughty came forth, kneeled down at the block, and was at once beheaded by the provost marshal.

    Under Drake's Flag G. A. Henty
  • The provost marshal could not see what the people wanted of so much provision.

  • The provost marshal, who was marching up and down the courtyard, came up slowly, like a dog proud of his fidelity.

  • I knew there was a provost marshal to report to in Baltimore.

    Between the Lines Henry Bascom Smith
  • The provost marshal stooped and took the handkerchief off, to find that not even the cloth of the pantaloons had been injured.

    The Red Acorn John McElroy
  • From Mrs. Surratt's house Payne was taken to the provost marshal's office.

    Between the Lines Henry Bascom Smith
  • He immediately went before a provost marshal, told his story, and recognized one of his captors who was just entering the door.

    Fugitive Slaves Marion Gleason McDougall
  • The provost marshal's patrol is going its rounds to preserve order.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
British Dictionary definitions for provost marshal

provost marshal

/prəˈvəʊ/
noun
1.
the officer in charge of military police and thus responsible for military discipline in a large camp, area, or city
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