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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
References in classic literature ?
I shall come to grief at the bottom of some glacier; but, if I am to speak my mind, I would rather live for a couple of years among the heights, where there are no governments, nor excisemen, nor gamekeepers, nor procureurs du roi, than grovel in a marsh for a century.
Meanwhile, Riverside Inverclyde is in the final stages of its PS4m upgrading of Greenock's A-listed Custom House, which was built in 1818 and served as an important base for excisemen on the Clyde.
True story behind humorous tale about 24,000 bottles of the amber nectar as the police and the excisemen chased them around the island and there are still bottles believed to be buried on nearby Barra to this day.
While whisky smuggling was a way of life for many in the area during the 19th century, it was also a source of lucrative income for the Excisemen.
tax-gatherers, excisemen and the whole host of revenue officers will
There was a large group of excisemen scrutinising the outgoing craft again, and Nick was very conscious of the sticky packet anchored under his shirt.
Cannon claims that he turned over a new leaf on his marriage and was a faithful husband, but Susannah's pregnancies and the frequent moves characteristic of junior excisemen posed a challenge.
Our final stop was at the picturesque Glengoyne ("Valley of the Geese") Distillery, beneath a waterfall where, in times past, moonshiners had operated their illicit stills away from the prying eyes of excisemen.
My great grandfather thought it was a great joke to try and outwit the excisemen and he was very pleased with his clever ruse, but it would've been a different story if he'd been caught," laughs Ted even more heartily.