Mooncusser meaning

(uncommon, humorous) A land-based pirate who, on dark nights along dangerous coasts, would demolish any legitimate lighthouses or beacons, erect a decoy signal fire in a different, deliberately misleading location, and then, after having induced a shipwreck, subdue any survivors and plunder the wreckage for valuables.
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Origin of mooncusser

  • based on the fact that the strategy would not work on a moonlit night, such that the would-be pirate cussed the moon

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