Definition of lawman in US English:

lawman

noun

  • A law-enforcement officer, especially a sheriff.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Police department budgets were small, and town coffers often ran dry, so lawmen, being the crafty lot they are, solved their dilemma themselves.’
    • ‘Western heroes are often lawmen, ranchers, army officers, or a fast-draw gunfighter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Police officers are getting in bed with the bad guys and the corruption has caused several decorated lawmen to leave their posts.’
    • ‘The posse, originally presented to be the finest lawmen in the country, isn't quite as upstanding as their image would suggest either.’
    • ‘Having been acquitted in Canton, he was erroneously set free by lawmen who didn't see the orders to transport him back.’
    • ‘The probe took lawmen to the eastern United States to determine whether the inheritance, in fact, existed.’
    • ‘The protesters sought police protection but a high-ranking officer ordered lawmen to withdraw and allowed the attackers to set upon the demonstrators.’
    • ‘In his incapacitated state the bogus lawman fell gratefully back onto the grass.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘It's identical to those used by many a Texas Ranger and other border lawmen in the early decades of the 20th century.’
    • ‘Last week, the crowd of lawmen and women were lounging in Courtroom One as they waited for the judge to arrive.’
    • ‘Eliot Ness was the intrepid lawman who busted Al Capone and was the bane of the Mob in 1930s Chicago.’
    • ‘Thankfully, I do think based on recent reports that our lawmen are making good dents in the illegal drug trade here.’
    • ‘This time players are lawmen in the old west trying to capture various outlaws.’
    • ‘The wife of a deceased lawman would never consider a proposal from a fugitive.’
    • ‘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.’
    police officer, policeman, policewoman, pc, wpc, officer of the law, detective, dc
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