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bailiff

noun [C]     /ˈbeɪ.lɪf/
(in the UK ) an official who takes away someone's possessions when they owe money : They didn't pay their rent , so the landlord called/ sent in the bailiffs.Lawyers and legal officials (in the US) an official who is responsible for prisoners who are appearing in court Lawyers and legal officials (in the UK ) a person whose job is to take care of someone else's land or property Protection and protectorsEnvironmental issues
(Definition of bailiff noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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