from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An officer employed to collect excise duty (excise tax), and to enforce excise laws.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An officer who inspects and rates articles liable to excise duty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Great Britain, an officer engaged in collecting excise duties, and in preventing infringement of the excise laws.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who collects taxes for the government


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  • I know not how the word exciseman, or still more opprobrious, gauger, will sound in your ears.

    Selected English Letters

  • "I know not," he writes, "how the word exciseman, or the still (p.  104) more opprobrious gauger, will sound in your ears.

    Robert Burns

  • The very tall young man is conscious of this failing in himself; and informs his comrade that it's his 'exciseman'.

    Certain Types of Humour.

  • Whitefoot growled at the word "exciseman," showing a set of firm white teeth under a black bristly lip turned up wickedly at the corners.


  • I am no Burns scholar, but if the fires of nationalist fury had burned within his breast I doubt very much if he would have taken a job as an exciseman, raising taxes for the English crown.

    Poor Robert Burns. He deserves better than this | Kevin McKenna

  •  It began innocently enough when the exciseman, Mr. Calabash, arrived in town to account for what we owed the Crown this year in duties.

    Rev. Jasper Pickery and Three Manifestations of the Devil

  • Will you countenance me, young ladies, if some villainous attorney or exciseman should by and by come to own me? '


  • Canterbury, where Mrs. Micawber and myself had once the honour of uniting our voices to yours, in the well – known strain of the Immortal exciseman nurtured beyond the Tweed.

    David Copperfield

  • The very tall young man has recovered his spirits, and again alludes to the exciseman.

    Dombey and Son

  • I wish that horrid Sir John Todcaster had not begun his story of the exciseman, for Lady

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers


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