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tidewaiter

[tahyd-wey-ter] /ˈtaɪdˌweɪ tər/
noun
1.
a customs officer who checks goods upon a vessel's landing, to secure the payment of duties.
Related forms
tidewaitership, noun
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tidewaiter

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