peeler

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Etymology 1[edit]

From the surname of Sir Robert Peel, who established the Irish constabulary and London's police force; compare bobby, from the given name.

Noun[edit]

peeler (plural peelers)

  1. (UK, slang, dated) A police officer.
    • 1892, Banjo Paterson, The Man from Ironbark:
      A peeler man who heard the din came in to see the show;
      He tried to run the bushman in, but he refused to go.
      And when at last the barber spoke, and said "'Twas all in fun—
      'Twas just a little harmless joke, a trifle overdone."
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Etymology 2[edit]

From peel + -er.

Noun[edit]

peeler (plural peelers)

  1. A person whose job it is to peel fruit or vegetable produce.
  2. A utensil for peeling fruit or vegetables.
    potato peeler
  3. (pejorative, slang) A stripper; one who removes the clothing for entertainment.
  4. (obsolete) One who peels or pillages.
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