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"bailiff" in British English

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bailiffnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈbeɪ.lɪf/
(in the UK ) an ​official who ​takes away someone's possessions when they ​owemoney: They didn't ​paytheirrent, so the ​landlord called/​sent in the bailiffs. (in the US) an ​official who is ​responsible for ​prisoners who are ​appearing in ​court (in the UK ) a ​person whose ​job is to take ​care of someone else's ​land or ​property
(Definition of bailiff from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bailiff" in American English

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bailiffnoun [C]

 us   /ˈbeɪ·lɪf/
an ​official who is ​responsible for ​prisoners who are ​appearing in ​court
(Definition of bailiff from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bailiff" in Business English

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bailiffnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈbeɪlɪf/ LAW
UK an ​official who ​takespossession 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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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