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bailiff in Law topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbailiffbai‧liff /ˈbeɪlɪf/ noun [countable]  1 British EnglishBO someone who looks after a farm or land that belongs to someone else2 American English an official of the legal system who watches prisoners and keeps order in a court of law3 British EnglishSCLSCT an official of the legal system who can take people’s goods or property when they owe money
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bailiffThe arrival of a bailiff can easily lead to confrontation, and most people don't know their rights.The lawyers, policemen and bailiffs grinned, along with the clerk.Sending in bailiffs was the last straw.One shop visited by the bailiffs, and still in business, blames a huge drop in predicted turnover.Thereafter he was allowed only six boatloads of brushwood a year, to be taken out under view of the bailiff.For the rest, the bailiff pretended to consult him, then did as he thought best.Even more telling is the example of Ralph Snaith, the bailiff of Pontefract.The bailiffs are due in just eleven days.