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the Old Bill

dated slang The police. Primarily heard in UK. Mickey gave the Old Bill the slip, and now he's on the lam.
See also: bill, old
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the Old ˈBill

(British English, informal) the police: Put it down or I’ll call the Old Bill!
See also: bill, old
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The undoubted star was Old Bill, whom Bairnsfather described in the latter publication as "Discovered in the Alluvial Deposits of Southern Flanders.
He created Old Bill, a loveable if grumpy soldier, and the character became an instant hit with readers of The Bystander magazine.
There had been military cartoon characters long before Old Bill, of course--perhaps the earliest being Thomas Rowlandson's young army officer Johnny Newcome from the Peninsular War and Captain Atkinson's 'Our Griff' from the Indian Mutiny.
The "simple gift" is a generous one, from Old Bill to Billy, but it also represents a metaphor for life in this poignant examination of family, social structure and the invisible face of homelessness.
Hold On, We're Strummin' boasts thirteen new Grisman/Bush compositions in addition to Ralph Stanley's "Banjo Special" and Jethro Burns's Monroe tribute "'Cept Old Bill".
So my message to the Old Bill is simple: stay out of our beautiful game and stick to directing traffic and putting up speed cameras.
Santorum said the new bill could face a vote in the full Senate as soon as next week; he said he has assurances from House Republicans that they will not try to revive the old bill.
"This is the Chubb/Hartford relief bill...it's an old bill, but whether it will go through or not, I can't say.
"Have you lost all your marbles?" they yelled at old Bill. "You gave folks in this village a terrible scare, and you almost wiped out that old lady back there!
Rosenberg said he has received threatening letters from DEP, but would rather get socked with a 50 percent penalty on the old bill than to pay a new metered amount, something the legislators, nodded in understanding.
The listed Old Bill building, in Kirkdale, was built in 1885 and used as a police station for the next century until being converted into a pub in the 1980s.
His main character was Old Bill, who appears in many works.
Captain Bruce Bairnsfather, whose last cartoon was published in the Birmingham Weekly Post in January 1959, was best known for his character, Old Bill.