water bailiff


Definition of water bailiff

  1. 1 obsolete :  an English customs officer required to search ships

  2. 2 :  any of various former British officials having specified jurisdiction over the water: such as a :  an official superseded in 1771 having jurisdiction over fishing on the Thames b :  an official in the Isle of Man having jurisdiction over fishery and some maritime jurisdiction prior to 1885 c :  a police officer on a river employed especially for the prevention of poaching

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Origin and Etymology of water bailiff

Middle English

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a trip made at another's expense

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