alsob, bobbie[Sir Robert Peel (1788–1850), who established the force in 19C. ‘The term is, however, older. The official square-keeper, who is always armed with a cane to drive away idle and disorderly urchins, has, time out of mind, been called by said urchins Bobby the Beadle. Bobby is also an old English word for striking, or hitting, a quality not unknown to policemen’ (Hotten, 1860)]
[mid-19C+] a British or Australian, occas. US, policeman, latterly any police officer.
[20C+] (US) an Englishman.
[1980s+] (Aus. prison) a prison officer.
4. (alsoboaby man) the penis, thus sexual intercourse; bobby juice, semen [? backform. bobby’s helmet ].
see separate entry.
(alsobobby’s hat) [SE helmet/hat; the shape of the ‘bell end’]
[1930s+] the glans penis.
[late 19C] volunteers who joined up as special constables during the Fenian scares of the 1860s.
[mid-19C] a form of blow.
[late 19C] a thug who will stop at nothing, even killing a policeman.