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revenue cutter

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noun
  1. cutter(def 4).
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Origin of revenue cutter

First recorded in 1780–90
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Historical Examples

  • But the smuggler had more wind than the revenue-cutter, and increased her distance.

    The Three Cutters

    Captain Frederick Marryat

  • Harcourt found, also, that her character was suspected, and that a revenue-cutter was on the watch for her.

  • We passed the revenue-cutter; she came alongside, but they had nothing to do there, and no one came on board.

    Farthest North

    Fridtjof Nansen

  • Alaric instantly recognized the man as an officer of the revenue-cutter that had so persistently chased them in the early summer.

  • All these notes were made upon the cruise of the revenue-cutter Corwin in 1881.


British Dictionary definitions for revenue cutter

revenue cutter

noun
  1. a small lightly armed boat used to enforce customs regulations and catch smugglers
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