One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A customs officer who boarded ships on their arrival to enforce the customs regulations.
- ‘Archibald signed his warrant as a tidewaiter on 3 September 1794, his salary was 5 pounds a quarter paid at the end of the period to ensure his faithfulness to his employer.’
- ‘Francis was promoted to a first class tidewaiter and then in 1858, aged 52, he was appointed gatekeeper of the Victoria Docks in Canning Town, West Ham.’
- ‘In less than twenty minutes he was on his way up town, and with him were four tidewaiters and Sergeant Sparrow.’
- ‘Absurd were the number and variety of offices embraced by the Test Ac:; non-commissioned officers as well as officers - excisemen, tidewaiters, and even pedlars.’
- ‘Pickering studied the local dialect and the written language while working as a tidewaiter.’
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