One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sergeant in administrative charge of a police station.
- ‘A man walked into a police station, dropped a bag of cocaine on the counter, informed the desk sergeant that it was a sub-standard cut and asked that the person who sold it to him be arrested immediately.’
- ‘The defendant later walked into the police station and was given a ‘ticking off’ by the desk sergeant.’
- ‘You go to the local police station, where the desk sergeant tells you your son is being held in custody on suspicion of stealing £300.’
- ‘She locked her desk and waved to the desk sergeant as she passed him.’
- ‘There he showed a desk sergeant the ad, flashed his own winning smile and held out his hands to collect the reward.’
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