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[rev-uh n-yoo-er, -uh-noo-] /ˈrɛv ənˌyu ər, -əˌnu-/
noun, Informal.
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
1875-80, Americanism; revenue + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for revenuer
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  • He regards the "revenuer" as the representative of acute and cruel injustice and oppression.

    In Old Kentucky Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
  • He landed on the revenuer's neck and with his naked hands he tried to kill him.

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • You oughter hev made sure afore ye teched the trigger, Copenny, that he war the revenuer!

    The Ordeal Charles Egbert Craddock
  • The irony of it was deeply excruciating—that he, their chieftain, should succumb to a revenuer.

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • Suddenly the film lifted from his brain and he was conscious for the first time that the revenuer had taken his rifle.

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • Her soul trembled now lest the revenuer had killed Lem instead.

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • And always in the imaginings of her girl-heart she nurtured and built up an ideal, who would kill the revenuer.

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • Left alone, the revenuer realized that his guide had gone back to assure himself that no spies were following at a distance.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • Lem knew the gun; the instant he laid eyes on the piece, he knew it was the property of Pete Burton, the revenuer.

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • "We couldn't dig a grave before that spy—ef he be a revenuer sure enough—could overhaul us," Eugene Barker objected.

    His Unquiet Ghost Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
British Dictionary definitions for revenuer


(US, slang) a revenue officer or cutter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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