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noun catch·pole \-ˌpōl\

Definition of catchpole

  1. :  a sheriff's deputy; especially :  one who makes arrests for failure to pay a debt

Variants of catchpole



play \-ˌpōl\

Origin and Etymology of catchpole

Middle English cacchepol, from Anglo-French cachepole, literally, chicken chaser, from cacher + pol chicken, from Latin pullus — more at catch, pullet

First Known Use: before 12th century

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