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 Conspirators.Constable de Bourbon. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
(Latin, coms-stab’uli) means “Master of the Horse.” The constable of England and France was at one time a military officer of state, next in rank to the crown.   1
   To overrun or outrun the constable. To get into debt; spend more than one’s income; to talk about what you do not understand. (See below.)   2
“Quoth Hudibras, Friend Ralph, thou hast
Outrun the constable at last;
For thou hast fallen on a new
Dispute, as senseless as untrue.”
Butler: Hudibras, i. 3.
   Who’s to pay the constable? Who is to pay the score?   3
   The constable arrests debtors, and, of course, represents the creditor; wherefore, to overrun the constable is to overrun your credit account. To pay the constable is to give him the money due, to prevent an arrest.   4

 Conspirators.Constable de Bourbon. 


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