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likin

[lee-keen]
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noun
  1. (formerly in China) a provincial duty imposed on articles of trade that are in transit.

Origin of likin

1875–80; < earlier or dialectal Chinese, for Chinese líjīn ( .001 ounce + jīn money)
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Examples from the Web for likin

Historical Examples

  • I think we're in Berlin and I'd be after likin' it if I could get loose.

    A Yankee Flier Over Berlin

    Al Avery

  • In this way they escape the payment of Chinese likin, or toll taxes.

  • Sure I'll bet it's himself would be likin' a taste of the same.

    The Straw

    Eugene O'Neill

  • Well, she'd a likin' for the little 'un, and she swoore she shouldn't be sold.

  • Wal, every man, an' woman too, to her own likin'; I'd as lief be here.

    Uncle Rutherford's Nieces

    Joanna H. Mathews