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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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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.
The master aimed a blow at Oliver's head with the ladle; pinioned him in his arm; and shrieked aloud for the beadle.
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.
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.
Now desperately worried, the Rev Liam Beadle of St Mary's Church in Honley has issued a plea through social media for his sister Esther to contact the family.
Esther Beadle, who grew up in Brunswick Village, in Newcastle, was last seen leaving her home in the Cowley area of Oxford at 10pm on Friday.
Game For A Laugh began in 1981 and was an ITV Saturday night ratings hit for Jeremy Beadle, Matthew Kelly, Henry Kelly and Sarah Kennedy.
Skipper Debbie Beadle said: "We're exhausted and relieved.
Ron Beadle, who fought one of the region's most determined but ultimately failed campaigns in a bid to take Newcastle North, will contribute to a policy review for shadow business secretary John Denham.