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Sbirri (Italian)

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A police-force which existed in the pope’s dominions. They were domiciled in private houses.

“He points them out to his sbirri and armed ruffians.”—The Daily Telegraph.

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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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