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also catch·poll  (kăch′pōl′, kĕch′-)
A sheriff's officer, especially one who arrests debtors.

[Middle English cacchepol, from Norman French cachepol, probably from Old French chacepol : chacier, to chase; see chase1 + poul, rooster (from Latin pullus, chicken; see pau- in Indo-European roots).]
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(ˈkætʃˌpəʊl) or


(Historical Terms) (in medieval England) a sheriff's officer who arrested debtors
[Old English cæcepol, from Medieval Latin cacepollus tax-gatherer, literally: chicken-chaser, from cace- catch + pollus (from Latin pullus chick)]
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or catch•poll


(formerly) a petty officer of justice, esp. one arresting persons for debt.
[before 1050; Middle English cacchepol, late Old English cæcephol < Medieval Latin cacepollus tax-gatherer, literally, chase-fowl =cace- (< Old North French; see catch) + pollus < Latin pullus chick; see pullet]
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References in classic literature ?
The cardinals of Rome, which are theologues, and friars, and Schoolmen, have a phrase of notable contempt and scorn towards civil business: for they call all temporal business of wars, embassages, judicature, and other employments, sbirrerie, which is under-sheriffries; as if they were but matters, for under-sheriffs and catchpoles: though many times those under-sheriffries do more good, than their high speculations.
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The first principal of the college was Hugh Catchpole, a British educationist from the Rashtriya Indian Military College in Dehradun who was eventually buried on the college premises.
RSPCA h winch usi ca aThE Six-year-old Snowy was firmly wedged until an hero winched her up using a catchpole after owners Thomas and Emily Neil heard her anguished cries.
Honoured for a very different sort of charitable work was Carole Catchpole, founder of the Northumbrian Hedgehog Rescue Trust.
Jonathan Catchpole, 38, who had a five-year relationship with Colin Deferia's daughter Rebecca, 29, was blasted in the chest with a sawn-off shotgun.
Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU) MD Stephen Catchpole will become Chief Executive with South East Midlands LEP (SEMLEP), based in Bedford.
Pervert pensioner Gordon Catchpole, who started offending in the 1950s, was banned from travelling on public transport in the afternoons after he was locked up in 2012 for sexually assaulting two schoolgirls on buses.
In 2012, Catchpole was sentenced to 32 months in prison in 2012 after admitting indecently assaulting an 11-year-old girl on a bus between Sunderland and South Shields and another, aged 15, on another bus between Chester-le-Street and Washington.
Henry Catchpole, chief executive of Inform Direct, said: "West Yorkshire is now in fourth place on a table of regions for start-ups businesses in 2014.
Llandovery eventually got through in the 77th minute when lock Richard Catchpole sidestepped two men on his way through to a try converted by Garland.
Dan Catchpole: 425-339-3454;; Twitter: @dcatchpole.