Last September, sexton pleaded guilty in New York state court to money laundering and agreed to forfeit $600,000.
“No, old chap,” cried North, slapping the sexton on the shoulder in a jocular way.
Scarcely was it safe, when the sexton buried the old man and his secret with him.
As I was going through the churchyard, the sexton poked up his head from an open grave to stare at me.
The sexton started up, in a state of the most amazed consternation.
He pushed the empty chest into the river and then went home with the sexton to get his bushelful of money.
Is he in need of the small salary your church must give its sexton?
It appeared that the sexton of St. Matthew's was growing old.
The sexton and his man had lowered the coffin to its last home, and then stepped aside.
If two farmers had their goolthise on the same day the parson and sexton favoured one and the clerk the other.
c.1300, sekesteyn, "person in charge of the sacred objects of a church," from Old French segrestien, from Medieval Latin sacristanus (see sacristan). Sense of "custodian of a church" first recorded 1580s. Fem. forms sextress, sextrice are recorded 15c., but the usual form is sextoness (early 15c.).