bailiff Idioms & Phrases

Bound bailiff

  • (Eng. Law), a sheriff's officer who serves writs, makes arrests, etc. The sheriff being answerable for the bailiff's misdemeanors, the bailiff is usually under bond for the faithful discharge of his trust.
Webster 1913

Ground bailiff

  • (Mining), a superintendent of mines. Simmonds.
Webster 1913

High bailiff

  • the chief bailiff.
Webster 1913

water bailiff

Wa"ter bail"iff

  1. An officer of the customs, whose duty it is to search vessels. Eng.
Webster 1913