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revenuer

[rev-uh n-yoo-er, -uh-noo-]
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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.
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Origin of revenuer

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; revenue + -er1
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Examples from the Web for revenuer

Historical Examples

  • His one apprehension was of the common enemy, the "revenuer."

    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 revenuer perceived this and thrust the rifle muzzle closer.

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

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for revenuer

revenuer

noun
  1. US slang a revenue officer or cutter
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