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Bobby

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A policeman; so called because Sir Robert Peel introduced the force, at least into Ireland. (See Peeler.)

“But oh! for the grip of the bobby’s hand

Upon his neck that day.”


Punch: July 26, 1884.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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