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[ek-sahyz-muh n, -sahys-] /ˈɛk saɪz mən, -saɪs-/
noun, plural excisemen. British.
an officer who collects excise taxes and enforces excise laws.
Origin of exciseman
First recorded in 1640-50; excise1 + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • During the day, no doubt, he was employed busily enough in doing his duty as an exciseman.

    Robert Burns Principal Shairp.
  • Burns was a poor man from birth, and an exciseman by necessity; but—I will say it!

  • Indeed, from the time he obtained a situation under government, he gradually began to sink the farmer in the exciseman.

    Life of Robert Burns Thomas Carlyle
  • They all love their king, however they may dislike the exciseman.

    Letters from Spain Joseph Blanco White
  • I remember a young fellow whom he promised his parents to make an exciseman.

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2 Henry Fielding
  • "Auld Mahoun's" forked tail has caught the exciseman by the cravat.

    George Cruikshank W. H. Chesson
  • The exciseman set out again immediately, in an opposite direction to that which the man who carried the still had taken.

    The Absentee Maria Edgeworth
  • In any case, he changed his mind in time, and was again taken on as exciseman.

    Greenwich Village Anna Alice Chapin
  • But he was His Majesty's exciseman, and the killing of such, even in a righteous quarrel, is a mighty bad business!

  • And in our own time it is told of an Irish exciseman with a keg of smuggled whisky.

    The Book of Noodles W. A. Clouston
British Dictionary definitions for exciseman


noun (pl) -men
(Brit) (formerly) a government agent whose function was to collect excise and prevent smuggling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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