Bow Street runner

noun \ˈbō-\
variants: less commonly

Bow Street officer


Definition of Bow Street runner

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of bow street runner

from Bow Street, London, England

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a trip made at another's expense

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