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[ek-sahyz-muh n, -sahys-]
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noun, plural ex·cise·men. British.
  1. an officer who collects excise taxes and enforces excise laws.
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Origin of exciseman

First recorded in 1640–50; excise1 + man1
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Examples from the Web for exciseman

Historical Examples

  • I remember a young fellow whom he promised his parents to make an exciseman.

    Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2

    Henry Fielding

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

  • The joys of vengeance were depicted on the features of the exciseman.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • He had been muzzled, and muzzled, when all was said, by his paltry salary as an exciseman; alas!

    Familiar Studies of Men and Books

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Now, the exciseman had a habit which greatly annoyed Mr. Ramsay.

British Dictionary definitions for exciseman


noun plural -men
  1. British (formerly) a government agent whose function was to collect excise and prevent smuggling
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