Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that gauges.
  • noun Chiefly British A revenue officer who inspects bulk goods subject to duty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who gauges; an officer whose business it is to ascertain the contents of casks.

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  • noun One who gauges
  • noun an officer whose business it is to ascertain the contents of casks.

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Examples

  • Then he became an exciseman -- what was sometimes called "gauger" -- and was speedily cashiered for negligence.

    Greenwich Village

  • "Would you have the gauger's wife, sister?" inquired Blanche, with a face of renewed perplexity: "I think my dear Lady Maria would be pleased if I bid the dame - for the gauger is a good friend of his Lordship - hot-headed, they say, but that does not make him the worse - and his dame takes it kindly to be noticed."

    Rob of the bowl : a legend of St. Inigoe's,

  • And if a "gauger" lost his life in some one or other of the bloody encounters that frequently took place between the smugglers and the revenue officers, why, so much the worse for the "gauger."

    Stories of the Border Marches

  • But in the whiskey ring operations the gauger might, for example, report four thousand gallons in four hundred packages of ten gallons each, when in reality there were four hundred packages of eighty gallons each.

    CHASING the WHITE DOG

  • The next step is to buy or bludgeon the gauger, who measures the whiskey production.

    CHASING the WHITE DOG

  • Each of these bonded facilities was regularly patrolled by a government “gauger” charged with monitoring the wholesale trade in medicinal liquor.

    LAST CALL

  • Each of these bonded facilities was regularly patrolled by a government “gauger” charged with monitoring the wholesale trade in medicinal liquor.

    LAST CALL

  • The next step is to buy or bludgeon the gauger, who measures the whiskey production.

    CHASING the WHITE DOG

  • But in the whiskey ring operations the gauger might, for example, report four thousand gallons in four hundred packages of ten gallons each, when in reality there were four hundred packages of eighty gallons each.

    CHASING the WHITE DOG

  • The next step is to buy or bludgeon the gauger, who measures the whiskey production.

    CHASING the WHITE DOG

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  • Moonshiners' name for a revenue agent in the pre-Prohibition era.

    There is a well-known traditional Irish tune called "The Drunken Gauger".

    August 26, 2009

  • What do you do with a drunken gauger,

    What do you do with a drunken gauger,

    What do you do with a drunken gauger

    Earl-eye in the mornin'?

    August 26, 2009

  • Hoo-ray!

    August 26, 2009