revenuer

[rev-uh n-yoo-er, -uh-noo-]
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

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; revenue + -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for revenuers

Historical Examples of revenuers

  • 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)


British Dictionary definitions for revenuers

revenuer

noun
  1. US slang a revenue officer or cutter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012