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tidewaiter

[tahyd-wey-ter]
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noun
  1. a customs officer who checks goods upon a vessel's landing, to secure the payment of duties.
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Related formstide·wait·er·ship, noun
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tidewaiter

noun
  1. (formerly) a customs officer who boarded and inspected incoming ships
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