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death duty

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noun British.
  1. inheritance tax.
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Origin of death duty

First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for death duty

death duty

noun
  1. a tax on property inheritances: in Britain, replaced in 1975 by capital transfer tax and since 1986 by inheritance taxAlso called: estate duty
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