Bow Street runner


variants or less commonly Bow Street officer
: 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

Word History


from Bow Street, London, England

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“Bow Street runner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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