affidavit men

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affidavit men (plural only)

  1. (archaic or historical) People who (in the 1700s and 1800s) loitered around courts, offering to bear false witness to whatever they were hired to falsely testify about.
    • 1742, Proceedings of the Political Club &c, published in The London Magazine, January 1742, page 222:
      We know how easy it is for Ministers to find Affidavit Men, and no Court in England could give the Gentleman any Redress, because the Search was every Night made according to the express Directions of an Act of Parliament. [...] no Man could say, the Affidavit Man had taken a false Oath, when he swore he had Reason to suspect, that Seamen would be that night concealed in such a House;

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  • 1811 Dictionary of Vulgar Tongue