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- n. Any of various taxes levied on the production or sale of certain goods, especially on luxuries, tobacco, alcohol etc.
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- n. a tax that is measured by the amount of business done (not on property or income from real estate)
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Armies were sent out against the Indians, and against the backcountry farmers of the Pennsylvania frontier whose refusal to pay the new federal excise tax gave rise to the Whiskey Rebellion.