Definition of lawman in US English:

lawman

nounPlural lawmen

  • A law-enforcement officer, especially a sheriff.

    • ‘The probe took lawmen to the eastern United States to determine whether the inheritance, in fact, existed.’
    • ‘The wife of a deceased lawman would never consider a proposal from a fugitive.’
    • ‘Now, the article says he has been co-operating with the lawmen, and that he spoke to his posse of followers and told them to remain quiet and not demonstrate!’
    • ‘The voices of the two lawmen were low, undetectable with the exception of Gordon's shouts, but when he realized that his voice was turned up, he would lower it again.’
    • ‘The posse, originally presented to be the finest lawmen in the country, isn't quite as upstanding as their image would suggest either.’
    • ‘Western heroes are often lawmen, ranchers, army officers, or a fast-draw gunfighter.’
    • ‘Last week, the crowd of lawmen and women were lounging in Courtroom One as they waited for the judge to arrive.’
    • ‘As such, early episodes represent an update of classic Westerns, with tough lawmen attempting to patrol the ‘new frontier’ which a change in society has wrought.’
    • ‘It's identical to those used by many a Texas Ranger and other border lawmen in the early decades of the 20th century.’
    • ‘On account of this and the death of a number of our lawmen on the job, the Police have had to issue protective gear, like bullet-proof vests, to its members.’
    • ‘If a lawman or woman were judged on results and could be kicked out if he or she failed, you could guarantee one thing: fighting crime would be a number one priority.’
    • ‘Thankfully, I do think based on recent reports that our lawmen are making good dents in the illegal drug trade here.’
    • ‘The protesters sought police protection but a high-ranking officer ordered lawmen to withdraw and allowed the attackers to set upon the demonstrators.’
    • ‘Police officers are getting in bed with the bad guys and the corruption has caused several decorated lawmen to leave their posts.’
    • ‘In his incapacitated state the bogus lawman fell gratefully back onto the grass.’
    • ‘Eliot Ness was the intrepid lawman who busted Al Capone and was the bane of the Mob in 1930s Chicago.’
    • ‘This time players are lawmen in the old west trying to capture various outlaws.’
    • ‘Police department budgets were small, and town coffers often ran dry, so lawmen, being the crafty lot they are, solved their dilemma themselves.’
    • ‘Not her husband and no longer her lover, he now relates to her in the only way he knows how, in the only way he has left: as a lawman enforcing Southern law.’
    • ‘Having been acquitted in Canton, he was erroneously set free by lawmen who didn't see the orders to transport him back.’
    police officer, policeman, policewoman, pc, wpc, officer of the law, detective, dc
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