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OUTRIDERS, Eng. law. Bailiffs errant, employed by the sheriffs and their deputies, to ride to the furthest places of their counties or hundreds to summon such as they thought good, to attend their county or hundred court.

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SKY EYE A helicopter, above, and outriders, below, tracked police vans holding suspects
Outriders could steer riderless horses away from the field or from any fences, catch them and allow them to be brought back safely.
Organized into three parts according to the categories in the subtitle, the essays are a mix of broad surveys and those that focus on one or a few writers, with four chapters on Beat writers, nine chapters on ethnic literature, and three chapters on three writers designated as outriders.
The purpose of the outriders is to assist motorists who might otherwise get stuck behind the convoy.
Most of those killed were motorcycle outriders in Fonseka's convoy.
Having lived through a British Century, the 19th, during which the oligarchy of Great Britain told mankind what to do and where to go, power-hungry members and outriders of the American oligarchy propose to usher in an American Century, the 20th, during which they will tell mankind what to do and where to go.
Poverty and its outriders of bad diet, alcohol and cigarettes are killing these men 10 years younger than the rest of their countrymen.
Not after the jury, in a coach with blacked-out windows and with police motorcycle outriders, was rushed to the spot where the bodies of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman were found.
These are but the outriders of a larger wave of migration that is sure to take place if the disparities between North and South are not balanced.
Slow to start and burn, her affair with Harry Kitchings doesn't last, but she doesn't begin to tell of it until after he's ditched her and she's left with incessant, roiling images of a grandiose nature-poet who, teaching her that clouds are the planet's outriders, took his lead from John Ruskin - "If a general and characteristic name were needed for modern landscape art, none better could be invented than 'the service of clouds.
Now, whenever I think of that birch--or of Monterey pine bending to Pacific gales at Big Sur, dwarf aspen gilding the high Sierra, or a crabbed tamarack silhouetted against a Labrador sunset--I see the tough little outriders of forests to come.
Adjustable 1-by-6 baffles run between these outriders.