law·​man | \ ˈlȯ-mən How to pronounce lawman (audio) \

Definition of lawman

: a law-enforcement officer (such as a sheriff or marshal)

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Wyatt Earp was a famous American lawman of the Wild West. as the rural county's chief lawman, the sheriff has to patrol a vast area with only minimal manpower
Recent Examples on the Web The uncompromising lawman Judge Dredd first appeared in the pages of U.K. science fiction comic 2000 AD in 1977. Clark Collis,, "Judge Dredd immersive experience to open in London next spring," 29 June 2020 Today marks a changing of the guard at the Calera Police Department with the longtime chief leaving and new veteran lawman stepping in. Carol Robinson |, al, "Longtime Calera police chief retires; veteran federal lawman tapped as new top cop," 4 May 2020 As some popular accounts — including the 1993 movie Tombstone, starring Kurt Russell — would have it, Wyatt and his older brother Virgil had forsaken their previous profession as lawmen, but that’s not exactly true. Dallas News, "Famous Old West feud comes to life in ‘Tombstone’," 21 Apr. 2020 The movie explores the complicated personal and professional lives of the hard-nosed, not-always-heroic lawman played with passion by DiCaprio. 11. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'The Basketball Diaries' turns 25: Every Leonardo DiCaprio movie, definitively ranked," 20 Apr. 2020 With the help of investigative journalist Dessie Leonard (Cush Jumbo) and some fellow lawmen, Jacob uncovers a pattern of macabre murders, each preceded by the arrival of a mysterious postcard. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Art and trash trip over each other in ‘The Postcard Killings’," 12 Mar. 2020 The US Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday refused a request by the former top lawman in Maricopa County, Ariz., to erase his guilty verdict for defying a judge’s orders related to his crackdown on undocumented immigrants. Peter Blumberg,, "Trump pardon won’t remove sheriff Joe Arpaio’s guilty verdict," 27 Feb. 2020 Louisville Courier Journal Before rifle-toting lawmen burst into a Times Square hotel room to arrest him, Christian Dawkins says he was offered a deal. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "HBO college basketball corruption documentary leaves Rick Pitino largely unscathed," 1 Apr. 2020 Valadez told lawmen the bodies were moved in the white truck. Carol Robinson |, al, "Son convicted of capital murder in parents’ Blount County slayings," 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of lawman

1944, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jul 2020

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“Lawman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lawman

US : someone (such as a sheriff or marshal) whose job is to make sure that people obey the law

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