Bow Street runner

Bow Street runner

(bəʊ)
n
(Historical Terms) (in Britain from 1749 to 1829) an officer at Bow Street magistrates' court, London, whose duty was to pursue and arrest criminals
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Bow Street runner

n (Brit, Hist) → Büttel m (der offiziellen Detektei in der Londoner Bow Street)
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All the time he was jerking out these phrases he was stumping up and down the tavern on his crutch, slapping tables with his hand, and giving such a show of excitement as would have convinced an Old Bailey judge or a Bow Street runner. My suspicions had been thoroughly reawakened on finding Black Dog at the Spy- glass, and I watched the cook narrowly.
We are Bow Street runners, and we've got you for coining."
The minutes were getting on, and I had not heard a word yet, through the peephole, on the subject of the reserve of Bow Street runners outside.
* The "Bow Street runners" of those days were the predecessors of the detective police of the present time.
Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly is called to investigate the grisly murder of Sir Giles Holbrooke, who was left naked and garroted, with his tongue cut out.
Joined by lover Alec and Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly, Kendra must sort through the puzzle of Stone's rather unsavory life, picking apart alibies and dissecting carefully created deceptions from a growing list of suspects.
The first time a bullet was forensically traced back to a particular gun was in 1835 when Bow Street Runner Henry Goddard Bow Street Runner Henry Goddard was called to the house of a Mrs was called to the house of a Mrs Maxwell in Southampton.
IN the seedy and dangerous London of 1829, Pyke, a Bow Street Runner, is investigating a series of brutal murders.
The sign has gone up at the entrance to a Russian vodka bar called the Bow Street Runner.
My new drinking buddies, Billy The Blade and Little Frankie (also known as the Bow Street Runner after skipping bail in London) joined me in a Torremolinos toast.
As well as harsh punishments, different types of 'crime management' were employed, from the 'Watchmen' to the 'Bow Street Runners.'.
A particular man: the dashing and roguish Daffin Oakleaf, a member of the Bow Street Runners, London's first police force.