tipstaff

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tipstaff

a court official having miscellaneous duties, mostly concerned with the maintenance of order in court
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At a door a tipstaff laid his hand roughly on the arm of Mr.
Thorndike was halted, but the first tipstaff came to his rescue.
The appearance of the tipstaffs with her brother in custody, whom one of them had overtaken as he ran away from his sister, now fully confirmed the truth of what the damsel said.
And now a tipstaff came up with a young man in his grasp, and said, "Senor governor, this youth was coming towards us, and as soon as he saw the officers of justice he turned about and ran like a deer, a sure proof that he must be some evil-doer; I ran after him, and had it not been that he stumbled and fell, I should never have caught him."
Pickwick said this, he got into the coach which had by this time arrived, followed by the tipstaff. Sam having stationed himself on the box, it rolled away.