Detectives who scoured the country to find criminals, before
the introduction of the police force. Bow Street, near Covent Garden,
London, is where the principal police-court stands. (This bow
rhymes with flow.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
More on Bow-street Runners from Infoplease:
- Bow-street Runners - Bow-street Runners Detectives who scoured the country to find criminals, before the introduction of ...
- Red-breasts - Red-breasts Bow Street runners, who wore a scarlet waistcoat. “The Bow Street runners ceased ...
- Henry Fielding - Biography of Henry Fielding, The author or Tom Jones
- Robin Redbreast - Robin Redbreast The tradition is that when our Lord was on His way to Calvary, a robin picked a ...
- Running Footman - Running Footman The last of these menials died out with the infamous Duke of Queensberry. In the ...