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beadle

1. (formerly, in the Church of England) a minor parish official who acted as an usher and kept order
2. (in Scotland) a church official attending on the minister
3. Judaism a synagogue attendant
4. an official in certain British universities and other institutions
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'Well, well,' said the beadle, evidently gratified with the compliment; 'perhaps I may be.
Oliver made a bow, which was divided between the beadle on the chair, and the cocked hat on the table.
Mann, who had got behind the beadle's chair, and was shaking her fist at him with a furious countenance.
Bumble returned very brief and snappish replies; for the temporary blandness which gin-and-water awakens in some bosoms had by this time evaporated; and he was once again a beadle.
Oliver was frightened at the sight of so many gentlemen, which made him tremble: and the beadle gave him another tap behind, which made him cry.
For the combination of both these blessings in the one simple process of picking oakum, Oliver bowed low by the direction of the beadle, and was then hurried away to a large ward; where, on a rough, hard bed, he sobbed himself to sleep.
Under cover of the night, the feeble-minded beadle comes flitting about Chancery Lane with his summonses, in which every juror's name is wrongly spelt, and nothing rightly spelt but the beadle's own name, which nobody can read or wants to know.
What time the beadle, hovering between the door of Mr.
He is conducted by the beadle and the landlord to the Harmonic Meeting Room, where he puts his hat on the piano and takes a Windsor-chair at the head of a long table formed of several short tables put together and ornamented with glutinous rings in endless involutions, made by pots and glasses.
"Silence there, will you!" says the beadle. Not to the coroner, though it might appear so.
Evidence will be given before you as to the circumstances attending that death, and you will give your verdict according to the--skittles; they must be stopped, you know, beadle!--evidence, and not according to anything else.
The beadle is very careful that two gentlemen not very neat about the cuffs and buttons (for whose accommodation he has provided a special little table near the coroner in the Harmonic Meeting Room) should see all that is to be seen.