Bow Street runner

variants: or less commonly Bow Street officer \ ˈbō-​ \

Definition of Bow Street runner

: a London police officer attached to the Bow Street police court specifically : one of the officers appointed about 1805 to act as detectives in London and elsewhere in England

History and Etymology for Bow Street runner

from Bow Street, London, England

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“Bow Street runner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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