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bracket creep

the gradual movement of a wage earner into a higher federal income-tax bracket as a result of wage increases intended to help offset inflation. Unabridged
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bracket creep

noun phrase

The raising of wage earners into higher income-tax brackets, esp because of wage raises triggered by inflation: Tax payments will mount next year from ''bracket creep,'' the tendency of inflation to push people into higher tax brackets (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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