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truant officer

a public-school official who investigates unauthorized absences from school.
Also called attendance officer.
Origin of truant officer
1870-75, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • No reproachful teacher, no truant officer threatening arrest and the Juvenile Court, ever darkened her horizon.

    Little Aliens Myra Kelly
  • When, on the opening day, he did not appear, the truant officer called for him.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • A truant officer brought in two ragged, frightened little chaps.

    His Family Ernest Poole
  • "In the back yard of one of those double-deckers down by the river," answered the truant officer.

    Little Aliens Myra Kelly
  • By this time the truant officer ran over to the group and wanted to know what was wrong.

    Polly in New York Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • This is the place we were living that Lee was picked up by the truant officer in the Bronx Zoo.

    Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • We got the school, and in Mrs. Alger, at the time a truant officer, a person singularly well qualified to take charge of it.

    A Ten Year War Jacob A. Riis
  • The boy was safe in the street because no truant officer had the right to arrest him at sight for loitering there in school-hours.

    The Children of the Poor Jacob A. Riis
  • We shall have to get the truant officer to give us the child's name and address.

    Little Aliens Myra Kelly
  • To avoid the arm of the truant officer, no Greek bound boy confesses to less than seventeen years.

    The Old World in the New Edward Alsworth Ross

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