catchpoll


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catch·pole

also catch·poll  (kăch′pōl′, kĕch′-)
n.
A sheriff's officer, especially one who arrests debtors.

[Middle English cacchepol, from Norman French cachepol, probably from Old French chacepol : chacier, to chase; see chase1 + poul, rooster (from Latin pullus, chicken; see pau- in Indo-European roots).]
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John Passheley, a broiderer, was one of several parishioners who stepped in to thwart John Kirkeham, catchpoll of London, from dragging a sanctuary man from St Martin's; Kirkeham got his revenge by suing a false trespass against Passheley.