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Catchpole

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A constable; a law officer whose business it was to apprehend criminals. Pole or poll means head, person; and the word means one who catches persons by the poll or neck. This was done by means of an instrument something like a shepherd’s crook.

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“Cacchepoles, from catch and pole, because these officers lay hold of a man’s neck.”—Wiclif: New Testament (Acts xvi., Glossary).

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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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