from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In England, a tax imposed on inhabited houses, established about 1695. It was repealed in 1834, but reimposed in place of a window-tax in 1851. Also house-tax.


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  • When the dog returned from the baker's shop, he used to be regularly served with his dinner, and went peaceably on house-duty for the rest of the day.

    Anecdotes of Dogs


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