Meaning of “chief constable” in the English Dictionary

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"chief constable" in British English

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chief constablenoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˌtʃiːf ˈkʌn.stə.bəl/ us /ˌtʃiːf ˈkɑːn.stə.bəl/

Examples from literature

  • The chief constable then read the statement that the prisoner had made to him. 
  • The chief constable was there, and as became a professed detector of crime, he examined everything minutely inside and outside the two huts, but he could not find anything suspicious about either of them. 
  • The evidence of the innkeeper and the waiter was a repetition of the story they had told to the chief constable on the preceding day. 
  • What he said and what he did was discussed about the township, and the chief constable listened to every report, expecting that some valuable information would accidentally leak out. 
  • When I have taken the additional step which completes my investigations, I will go to the chief constable, reconstruct the crime for him as I see it now, and ask him to take action. 

(Definition of “chief constable” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)