or cus·tom·house, customs house, cus·toms·house
- a government building or office, as at a seaport, for collecting customs, clearing vessels, etc.
Origin of custom house
First recorded in 1480–90
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Examples from the Web for custom house
This raised a storm: the planters, the custom-house, and the governor, were all against him.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
See that I have my trunks, for there was nothing about the Custom-house in my contract.My Double Life
We are only three squares away, just here in Custom-house street.
Finding prices too much alike in Custom-house street they turned into Burgundy.
What was she so anxious to conceal from the custom-house officers?Masterpieces of Mystery
- a government office, esp at a port, where customs are collected and ships cleared for entry
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