Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: tidewaiter
- (UK, historical) A customs inspector at a seaport who oversees the landing of goods from merchant vessels in order to secure payment of duties.
- "Your morning letters, if I remember right, were from a fish-monger and a tide-waiter."
- 1726, Jonathan Swift, Reasons against the Bill for settling the Tithe of Hemp, &c. by a Modus
- Great employments are and will be in the hands of Englishmen; nothing left for the younger sons of Irishmen, but vicarages, tidewaiters places, &c. therefore no reason to make them worse.
- A person who watches public opinion before declaring their own.