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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Gull-catcher (Shak.) a cheat
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Same word as gull, a seafowl, the bird being thought stupid.


In literature:

A few oyster-catchers and gulls were generally about the beach, and in the lake a few wild ducks.
"A Voyage to the South Sea" by William Bligh
Gull-catcher, applied to sharpers, 120; groper, 120.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer

In news:

"Great black-backed gulls nest on Little Gull, " she says, "as well as herring gulls, double-crested cormorants, and possibly a pair of oyster catchers.