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harman-beck (plural harman-becks)
- (obsolete, thieves' cant) A policeman.
- 1610, “The Maunderer's Wooing”, in Farmer, John Stephen, editor, Musa Pedestris, published 1896, page 8:
- But O ben Coue what if we be clyd, / Long we cannot foist & nip at last we shall be spyed, / If that we be spied, O then begins our woe, / With the Harman beake out and alas, / To Wittington we goe.