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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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Historical Examples
  • To a man they were for beating the mountains for the revenuers; but Lem held them back.

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald
  • And certainly the revenuers were her enemies, for they were the foemen of her friends.

    In Old Kentucky

    Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
  • Joe Lorey's still were raided by the revenuers after you come down!

    In Old Kentucky

    Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
  • War it you-uns ez I hearn say thar war word kem ter the crossroads 'bout some revenuers raid in' 'round some-whar in the woods?

    The Moonshiners At Hoho-Hebee Falls Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • The las' time the revenuers got Hil'ry 'twar through bein' ez drunk ez a fraish-biled owl.

    The Moonshiners At Hoho-Hebee Falls Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • You thet this day broke yore faith with yore blood ter line up with raiders an' revenuers!

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • Howsoever, I don't aim ter make common cause with no revenuers.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • Over in Southpaw there were evidences of unrest, and Lem looked for an attack from the revenuers at any hour.

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald
  • He had since served gallantly through many fierce sorties with the McGills and the revenuers.

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald
  • War it you-uns ez I hearn say thar war word kem ter the cross-roads 'bout some revenuers raidin' 'round somewhar in the woods?

British Dictionary definitions for revenuers

revenuer

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