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 Body Politic (A).Bœmond. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Body-snatcher (A).
 
One who snatches or purloins bodies, newly buried, to sell them to surgeons for dissection. By a play on the words, a bum-bailiff was so called, because his duty was to snatch or capture the body of a delinquent.   1
   The first instance of body-snatching on record was in 1777. It was the body of Mrs. Jane Sainsbury from the burial ground near Gray’s Inn Lane. The men, being convicted, were imprisoned for six months.   2
 


 Body Politic (A).Bœmond. 

 
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