Definition of Bow Street Runner noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Bow Street Runner

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌbəʊ striːt ˈrʌnə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌboʊ striːt ˈrʌnər//
 
(British English, informal)
 
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a police officer in London, in the past