a sheriff's deputy, especially one on whom the sheriff's duties devolve when the office is vacant.

1400–50; late Middle English; see under-, sheriff

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undersheriff (ˈʌndəˌʃɛrɪf)
a deputy sheriff

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Appointment of more than one chief deputy or undersheriff.
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