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 Bobbit.Boccus (King). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bobby.
 
A policeman; so called because Sir Robert Peel introduced the force, at least into Ireland. (See PEELER.)   1
       
“But oh! for the grip of the bobby’s hand
Upon his neck that day.”
       
Punch: July 26, 1884.
 


 Bobbit.Boccus (King). 

 
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