Definition of bobby
Examples of bobby in a Sentence
a bobby on his beat
asked a passing London bobby for directions
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British bobbies have already clashed with groups of travelers at camps in Cornwall, according to news reports.
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A nickname for a British policeman is a bobby, after Sir Robert (Bobby) Peel, who founded Britain’s Metropolitan Police Force in 1829, provoking complaints about the infringement of civil liberties. The first patrolmen wore a blue uniform (to distinguish them from the military who wore red) with a top hat. They also carried a 20-in (51-cm) truncheon (club) for protection, and a rattle for attracting attention—rattles were replaced with whistles in 1886, after experiments showed that whistles could be heard from a much greater distance. The first two bobbies—William Atkinson and William Alcock, holders of Warrants Number one and two— were fired on the first and second day of the force’s existence for being drunk.
Origin and Etymology of bobby
Bobby, nickname for Robert, after Sir Robert Peel, who organized the London police force
First Known Use: 1839
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