bum-baily, bum-bailiff (n.) Old form(s): bum-Baylie
bailiff, sheriff's officer [who catches people by sneaking up behind them]
TN III.iv.174[Sir Toby to Sir Andrew, of Viola as Cesario] Scout me for him at the corner of the orchard like a bum-baily
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