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revenuer

[rev-uh n-yoo-er, -uh-noo-] /ˈrɛv ənˌyu ər, -əˌnu-/
noun, Informal.
1.
an agent of the U.S. Treasury Department, especially one whose responsibility is to enforce laws against illegal distilling or bootlegging of alcoholic liquor.
Origin of revenuer
1875-1880
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80; revenue + -er1
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  • His one apprehension was of the common enemy, the "revenuer."

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald
  • As he stared into the revenuer's insolent face, the earth looked like a pinwheel.

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald
  • The revenuer perceived this and thrust the rifle muzzle closer.

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald
  • He landed on the revenuer's neck and with his naked hands he tried to kill him.

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald
  • The irony of it was deeply excruciating—that he, their chieftain, should succumb to a revenuer.

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald
  • Her soul trembled now lest the revenuer had killed Lem instead.

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald
  • Left alone, the revenuer realized that his guide had gone back to assure himself that no spies were following at a distance.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • When the revenuer paused silence lay upon the place until he himself broke it.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • If there is anything that the mountain-born hates worse than a revenuer, it is a shotgun.

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald
  • Could you ask a more bitter punishment for the revenuer than what you saw to-night?

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for revenuer

revenuer

/ˈrɛvɪˌnjuːə/
noun
1.
(US, slang) a revenue officer or cutter
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