One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An official who enforces fishing laws.
- ‘The wildflower expert and angling club water bailiff from Goostrey, near Holmes Chapel, believes it is posing the greatest threat to native flora since the loss of 190,000 miles of hedgerow during the past 50 years.’
- ‘He was particularly vociferous because he has been offered the job of water bailiff at the fishery, his first full-time work since the quarry closed some 20 years ago.’
- ‘With the closure of mills one by one, cleaning up of industrial effluent and increased policing by water bailiffs, good numbers of salmon and sea trout are beginning to run the Allan once more.’
- ‘Environment Agency water bailiffs will be especially vigilant, checking rivers regularly during the close season, which runs until June 16, to safeguard fish stocks and to ensure anglers have the correct rod licence.’
- ‘The water bailiffs are patrolling the local waters.’
- ‘On top of all this, he has been given a full-time job as the water bailiff, back at the quarry where he was made redundant some 25 years ago.’
- ‘Ben, you see, has been promised a job as the water bailiff if they get planning permission to turn the quarry into a trout fishery.’
- ‘Dylan's father is an Environment Agency water bailiff and his mother is a teacher.’
2historical A customs officer at a port.
- ‘A second council was created featuring a Chamberlain, whose main responsibility was finances, and a water bailiff, who collected the bills.’
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