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sheriff

noun [C] uk   /ˈʃer.ɪf/ us  
in the US, an official whose job is to be in charge of performing the orders of the law courts and making certain that the laws are obeyed within a particular county in England and Wales, a person who represents the king or queen in a particular county, and whose duties are mainly in official ceremonies the most important judge of a county in Scotland
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