Old Bill

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Old Bill

  1. (historical) A cartoon character created by Bruce Bairnsfather in 1914.
    • 1917, “Captain Bruce Bairnsfather. Soldier and Cartoonist”, in The Literary Digest, volume 54, page 68:
      This “volunteer laughter-maker” is looked upon in London as “the humorous success of the war”; his Old Bill and Our Bert, and “their sand-bags, plum- and apple-jam, bully and Johnson ’oles” have become part of English war conversation.

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Old Bill (uncountable)

  1. (Britain, slang, law enforcement) A police officer
  2. (British slang, frequently with the) The police force.
  3. (British slang, dated) A soldier, especially one who resembles the cartoon character.

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