head money


noun

a tax of so much per head or person.
a reward paid for capturing or killing an outlaw, fugitive, or the like.

Origin of head money

First recorded in 1520–30
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head money


noun

a reward paid for the capture or slaying of a fugitive, outlaw, etc
an archaic term for poll tax
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