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poor rate

noun
  1. English history a rate or tax levied by parishes for the relief or support of the poor
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Examples from the Web for poor rate

Historical Examples

  • The communes make provision only where charity does not; there is no poor-rate.

    The Evolution of States

    J. M. Robertson

  • A similar proportion appears in the incidence of the poor-rate.

  • There is no attempt to evade this poor-rate which custom has decided shall be paid.

  • In England they have a poor-rate: they wish me to pay this tax.

    What is Property?

    P. J. Proudhon

  • They have never paid any poor-rate, and yet hunger after "relief meal."

    Disturbed Ireland

    Bernard H. Becker