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ways and means

plural noun
legislation, methods, and means of raising revenue for the use of the government.
methods and means of accomplishing or paying for something.
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late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50 Unabridged
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ways and means

plural noun
the revenues and methods of raising the revenues needed for the functioning of a state or other political unit
(usually capital) a standing committee of the US House of Representatives that supervises all financial legislation
the methods and resources for accomplishing some purpose
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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