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
References in classic literature ?
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.
"The matter is," replied D'Artagnan, "that I can see upon this pier neither inspector nor sentinel nor exciseman."
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.
With this little boy, the only pledge of her departed exciseman, Mrs.
Cain then sold the pub to John Parkinson, who renamed it Devil and Exciseman in 1868, and it went through a further change back to its original name the Transatlantic in 1870, when Walter Swash was at the helm.
(32) What mattered was that such a revered poet had been forced by necessity to become an exciseman whilst 'the Parliament was voting an additional [pounds sterling]65,000 per head to this debauchee [the Prince of Wales] for his wedding'.
Robert Burns stayed in Dunblane in what is now the Riverside Hotel and secured his last exciseman job in Dunblane, but sadly died before moving to Iive there.
21The title of John Steinbeck's classic novel Of Mice and Men comes from the Burns poem To a Mouse and the famous line: "The best-laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain, For promis'd joy!" 22The last seven years of his life were spent as an exciseman working in Dumfries, inspiring the poem The Deil's awa wi' the Exciseman.
convention, when he raised the specter of a federal "exciseman...
In the usual custom, the company sang The Deil's Awa W'I the Exciseman.
Don't miss the unique 'tea chute', where smuggled tea was hidden from the prying eyes of the exciseman. The Dickens House Museum in Broadstairs, Kent, is in the cottage that was the writer's inspiration for the home of Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield and the guides will immerse you in the Dickensian world.
Scotland's national poet had a secure job taxing people as an exciseman but lived beyond his means.