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- n. a US Government revenue agent, especially (?) one chasing moonshiners. (from 'revenuer')
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They staged cheerful vignettes: we watched as a couple of locals dressed up like Tom Sawyer tried to fill their Mason jars in the gutter, catching the “liquor” poured out into the street by the revenooer and stealing away for a drink of the old mountain dew.
Then the revenooer (mountain folk usually call him the law) slipped up from behind the bushes on the offender and caught him red-handed at the still.
Arkansas isn’t Lake Wobegon or Provo when it comes to trust — in 1991 I once accidentally wandered up a deadend Ozark hollow while trying to get from Walmart headquarters to the Fayetteville airport and the locals sitting on their front porches looked at me like I might be a revenooer.
And shame on those aginners who waste gas and their time - although, apparently, with no opportunity cost - to drive to NH to avoid the revenooer and load up in the live-free-or-die state liquor stores.)