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poor rate

(English history) a rate or tax levied by parishes for the relief or support of the poor
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Historical Examples
  • There's nothing fer 'em here but farm labour an' the poor rate.

    Old Junk H. M. Tomlinson
  • It was a suburb which, in modern times, would be described as needing no poor rate.

    South London Sir Walter Besant
  • To pay a poor rate implies that somebody is poorer than the payer.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • The system is bad, as it creates more claimants on your poor rate.

    A Danish Parsonage John Fulford Vicary
  • The poor rate collected from the parishes for the cottagers and paupers was 3d.

  • The poor rate is no longer made at the Vestry; the church rate is a thing of the past; and what is then left?

    The Hills and the Vale Richard Jefferies
  • The expenses are payable out of the poor rate by the overseers on the precept of the parish council.

  • Mr. Clinker Newson had appealed against the poor rate on the novel ground that he was rated at too low an amount.

    Yarmouth Notes Frederick Danby Palmer
  • And no part of the income is ever to be applied, directly or indirectly, in aid of the poor rate of the parish.

  • There was no poor rate, no capitation tax, no tithes, or ecclesiastical rates of any kind.

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