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British. a tax, assessment, or lien.
(in Scotland) a land tax.
(in Ireland) a military assessment.
(in India) an import or sales tax on a commodity.
British. to tax; assess.
(Brit) any of several special taxes, such as a land tax in Scotland
(formerly, in Ireland)

the obligation to provide the soldiers and household of the lord deputy with supplies at fixed prices
any military exaction

(transitive) (Brit) to tax or assess for taxation
(formerly in Ireland) to impose (soldiers) upon a population, to be supported by them
an Irish slang word for luck bad cess to you!
short for cesspool

“tax, levy,” 1530s, short for assess (q.v.).


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