• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Under-sheriff the deputy of an English sheriff who performs the execution of writs
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scir-geréfascir (Eng. shire), geréfa, a governor; cog. with Ger. graf, a count.


In literature:

The officer who corresponds to the English sheriff's bailiff is termed a deputy or under-sheriff.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
If I were put under oath by a sheriff, I would have to accuse you, and I'd do it.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
Sir William More was son of Sir Christopher, Sheriff of Surrey and Sussex under Henry VIII.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
The Sheriff's hopes were shattered under the furious indignation of the baron and my lord of Hereford.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Some three years later the property was sold under the sheriff's hammer.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
Then the high-sheriff came under the attention of the meeting, and likewise promised to do nothing under the new laws.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French
By this time two under-sheriffs had arrived on the scene, and they were wanting to know if their services were required.
"The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck" by Edward Stratemeyer
The officers attending this general court, are the sheriff of the county wherein it sits, and his under officers.
"The History of Virginia, in Four Parts" by Robert Beverley
Until the reign of Elizabeth Dorset and Somerset were united under one sheriff.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
Every sheriff has some of them under him, for whom he is answerable.
"An Essay on the Trial by Jury" by Lysander Spooner

In poetry:

Robin sett Guyes horne to his mouth,
A lowd blast in it he did blow;
That beheard the sheriffe of Nottingham,
As he leaned under a lowe.
"Robin Hood And Guy Of Gisborne" by Anonymous British
The Sheriffs, and their corm'rant train,
On the fleec'd populace distrain,
And under veil of justice prey
Upon their wealth, in open day.
"A Warning To The Welsh, To Repent, Wrote At The Time A Great Plague Rag'd In London" by Rees Prichard

In news:

LANCASTER, Calif.—Sheriff's deputies confirmed that firefighters found the body of a woman inside a two-story home in the Quartz Hill section of Lancaster after a fire brought under control.
It was better under Sheriff Perez's administration.
Sometime between 6 pm Tuesday and 7 am Wednesday, appliances out of three apartments under construction in Fruit Heights disappeared, said Davis County Sheriff's Sgt Susan Poulsen.
Sheriff's officials said that they believed a woman was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana when she struck and killed a Logan County teenager, WHIO-TV reported on Tuesday.
The Beaumont Enterprise reports Newton County Sheriff Joe Walker has frequently failed to appear for work since his May primary defeat and has been under investigation by the Texas Rangers.
The dismantling of the Josephine County Sheriff's Office is under way.
A Charleston County Sheriff's deputy has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office tells KRDO NewsChannel 13 that one person has been placed under arrest on Monday afternoon after reports of gunfire in a Security-Widefield neighborhood.
The sheriff's office reported that 43-year-old Christopher Bishop was checking under his Ford F-150 for oil leaks Sunday evening.
Hill is first Clayton sheriff-elect under felony indictment to win office.
Shannon Jacobs , administrator for the Santa Rosa County Health Department, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol Saturday, according to an Escambia County Sheriff's Office report.
Filed under News, Sheriff's Call Log.
LOS ANGELES – An intense search was under way early Saturday for a gunman who shot and wounded a sheriff's deputy in south Los Angeles.
Inmates could soon ship out to south Georgia, under a new agreement between the sheriff and officials in Pelham , approved by commissioners Tuesday.
The Stearns County Sheriff's Department says Pleasant Lake in Rockville is also under the boating restriction.