from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a tax or duty formerly levied on all windows, or openings for light, above the number of eight in houses standing in cities or towns.


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  • This was a tax introduced once by the British Government. It led to windows being bricked up to avoid liability. You still see many older buildings with bricked-up parts that were obviously once windows. It is the origination of the phrase 'daylight robbery'. True!

    January 29, 2010