custom house

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custom house

or

customs house

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a government office, esp at a port, where customs are collected and ships cleared for entry. Also called: customhouse or customshouse
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custom house

n (esp Hist) → Zollamt nt
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Officers of the Custom House, too, which stood on the opposite side of King Street, often sat in the chair wagging their tongues against John Hancock.
About this period the people were much incensed at an act committed by a person who held an office in the Custom House.
The custom house, the northern ports of entry, would be captured.
Smyth, a former travelling companion in Europe, a district officer in the New York Custom House.
There were states of the tide when, having been down the river, I could not get back through the eddy-chafed arches and starlings of old London Bridge; then, I left my boat at a wharf near the Custom House, to be brought up afterwards to the Temple stairs.
My family are of opinion, that, with a little interest, something might be done for a man of his ability in the Custom House.
Archer sighing, as if it were not such an enviable thing to be in an age when ladies were beginning to flaunt abroad their Paris dresses as soon as they were out of the Custom House, instead of letting them mellow under lock and key, in the manner of Mrs.
Moreover, he went about to other counting-houses, and to wharves, and docks, and to the Custom House,' and to Garraway's Coffee House, and the Jerusalem Coffee House, and on 'Change; so that he was much in and out.
He collected the rents of whole colonies of filthy streets and alleys by the waterside, advanced money to the seamen and petty officers of merchant vessels, had a share in the ventures of divers mates of East Indiamen, smoked his smuggled cigars under the very nose of the Custom House, and made appointments on 'Change with men in glazed hats and round jackets pretty well every day.
He designed the piers of Leghorn and the custom house regulations of Civita Vecchia.
But, the Reginald Wilfer family were of such commonplace extraction and pursuits that their forefathers had for generations modestly subsisted on the Docks, the Excise Office, and the Custom House, and the existing R.