from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Scotland, rent payable by a tenant six months after entry, or before he has leaped the first crop; rent paid in advance, See back-rent.
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His expectations were not hasty; he did not demand a fore-rent, though he had been at such expense upon it; but staid till the time of the fruit drew near, as it did now that John preached the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
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