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2 : any of various former British officials having specified jurisdiction over the water: such as a : an official superseded in 1771 having jurisdiction over fishing on the Thames b : an official in the Isle of Man having jurisdiction over fishery and some maritime jurisdiction prior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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