water bailiff

noun

Definition of water bailiff

1 obsolete : an English customs officer required to search ships
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a : an official superseded in 1771 having jurisdiction over fishing on the Thames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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History and Etymology for water bailiff

Middle English

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“Water bailiff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20bailiff. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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