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Corn Law

noun, English History.
any of the laws regulating domestic and foreign trading of grain, the last of which was repealed in 1846. Unabridged
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  • Many of them were full of wrath at his having repealed the corn laws.

    The Shellback's Progress Walter Runciman
  • At that time the political watchword of the day was the repeal of the corn laws.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • He is principally remembered for his advocacy of the Repeal of the corn laws.

    Sixty Years a Queen

    Sir Herbert Maxwell
  • He had defended the corn laws, and had spoken and voted for them.

    The Earl of Beaconsfield James Anthony Froude
  • And they will not consent to any nonsense about touching the corn laws; you may be sure of that.

    Endymion Benjamin Disraeli
  • The protectionist ministry were to remain in office, and to repeal the corn laws.

    Endymion Benjamin Disraeli
  • The potato famine did something more than repeal the corn laws.

    Endymion Benjamin Disraeli
  • It was contemplated to hold a meeting in favour of the repeal of the corn laws.

    Yarmouth Notes Frederick Danby Palmer
  • With the repeal of the corn laws in 1840 disappeared the preference to Canadian wheat.

    George Brown

    John Lewis
  • The wise men of the newspapers are for a repeal of the corn laws.

    Rural Rides William Cobbett
British Dictionary definitions for corn laws

Corn Laws

plural noun
the laws introduced in Britain in 1804 to protect domestic farmers against foreign competition by the imposition of a heavy duty on foreign corn: repealed in 1846 See also Anti-Corn Law League
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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