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truck system

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noun
  1. the system of paying wages in goods instead of money.

Origin of truck system

First recorded in 1820–30
Also called truck.
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British Dictionary definitions for truck system

truck system

noun
  1. a system during the early years of the Industrial Revolution of forcing workers to accept payment of wages in kind, usually to the employer's advantage

Word Origin

C19: from truck ²
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