revenue cutter

noun

Definition of revenue cutter

: an armed government vessel employed especially to enforce revenue laws

Examples of revenue cutter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On this date in: The U.S. Coast Guard had its beginnings as President George Washington signed a measure authorizing a group of revenue cutters to enforce tariff and trade laws and prevent smuggling. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Today in History, August 4, 1944: Anne Frank and her family were arrested by the Gestapo," 4 Aug. 2019 In 1790, the Coast Guard had its beginnings as President Washington signed a measure authorizing a group of revenue cutters to enforce tariff and trade laws and prevent smuggling. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 4 Aug. 2019 The Coast Guard's presence in New York has evolved considerably from the original revenue cutters. CBS News, "U.S. Coast Guard's long history of service in New York," 26 May 2018

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1790, in the meaning defined above

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