Definition of exciseman in English:


Line breaks: ex¦cise|man
Pronunciation: /ˈɛksʌɪzmən

noun (plural excisemen)

British historical
  • An official responsible for collecting excise duty and preventing infringement of the excise laws (especially by smuggling).
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    • Nicholas Saunderson's father was an exciseman, meaning that he was a government officer who collected taxes imposed on goods.
    • In the late 1820s, the soldiers were used to supplement excisemen in the suppression of whisky smuggling in the district.
    • They immediately claim that they are trying to rake cheese - the reflection of the moon - from the pond and the excisemen, amused by the apparently simple-minded rustics, leave them to it.

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