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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BAILIFF

"There is little merit in this confession," quoth the bailiff sternly.

The three distinguished characters were a spendthrift, a bailiff, and a dun.

Faix, he will, Mr. McKeon; so don't let him do it; I heard him telling the bailiff.

"May ye hang him up for it, Bailiff Scroope," replied the Scot.

He was the bailiff Scroope, whom you put up to witness against me.

I understand, according to your theory, how a bailiff must be taught.

And the bailiff will have things all his own way at Loreng for a year or two.

Presently a bailiff was seen pushing his way up through the crowd.

"Sure the gentleman isn't a bailiff nor a polisman," broke in the cripple, rebukingly.

There was a fight, and a man, the sheriff's bailiff, was killed.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., from Old French baillif (12c., nominative baillis) "administrative official, deputy," from Vulgar Latin *bajulivus "official in charge of a castle," from Latin bajulus "porter," of unknown origin. Used in Middle English of a public administrator of a district, a chief officer of a Hundred, or an officer under a sheriff.

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