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[rev-uh n-yoo-er, -uh-noo-] /ˈrɛv ənˌyu ər, -əˌnu-/
noun, Informal.
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
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80; revenue + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He regards the "revenuer" as the representative of acute and cruel injustice and oppression.

    In Old Kentucky Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
  • He landed on the revenuer's neck and with his naked hands he tried to kill him.

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • You oughter hev made sure afore ye teched the trigger, Copenny, that he war the revenuer!

    The Ordeal Charles Egbert Craddock
  • The irony of it was deeply excruciating—that he, their chieftain, should succumb to a revenuer.

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • Suddenly the film lifted from his brain and he was conscious for the first time that the revenuer had taken his rifle.

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

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • And always in the imaginings of her girl-heart she nurtured and built up an ideal, who would kill the revenuer.

    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
  • Lem knew the gun; the instant he laid eyes on the piece, he knew it was the property of Pete Burton, the revenuer.

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • "We couldn't dig a grave before that spy—ef he be a revenuer sure enough—could overhaul us," Eugene Barker objected.

    His Unquiet Ghost Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
British Dictionary definitions for revenuer


(US, slang) a revenue officer or cutter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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