exciseman


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exciseman

(ˈɛksaɪzˌmæn)
n, pl -men
(Professions) Brit (formerly) a government agent whose function was to collect excise and prevent smuggling
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Noun1.exciseman - someone who collects taxes for the governmentexciseman - someone who collects taxes for the government
administrative official, bureaucrat - an official of a bureaucracy
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Micawber and myself had once the honour of uniting our voices to yours, in the well-known strain of the Immortal exciseman nurtured beyond the Tweed.
The matter is," replied D'Artagnan, "that I can see upon this pier neither inspector nor sentinel nor exciseman.
Says I to the exciseman, says I, I think you oft to favour us; I am sure we are very good friends to the government: and so we are for sartain, for we pay a mint of money to 'um.
With this little boy, the only pledge of her departed exciseman, Mrs.
IF YOU know your Rabbie Burns, you will know he spent his later years as an exciseman.
After the death of his first serious lover, the maidservant Mary Rose, he left his home country to work as an exciseman in the lower Thames valley.
He was, by the trade of his father, a corset-maker, retrained as an exciseman, before turning to politics and philosophy.
He spent much of his life around south west Scotland where he was a farmer and exciseman before his literary reputation fully flourished and fortune followed.
In former days, when the coastguard was inefficient and the exciseman lax, the men of the fishing village were reckoned to be 'the very kings of smugglers'.
Beset by the exciseman, it would appear the fizz is leaking from this European drinking revolution, which was in any case--said the UK association--an already declining market.
To improve his meagre income, Burns became an exciseman and was a leading figure in the capture of the brig Rosamond, which was involved in smuggling in the Solway Firth.