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English definition of “bailiff”

bailiff

noun [C]     /ˈbeɪlɪf/ LAW
UK an official who takes possession of someone's property when they cannot pay their debts : They threatened to call in the bailiffs to recover the family's debts .
US an official who is responsible for prisoners who are appearing in court
(Definition of bailiff noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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