a tax of so much per head or person.
a reward paid for capturing or killing an outlaw, fugitive, or the like.
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How to use head money in a sentence
He denied he had been "out of his senses" when he issued the "head money" offer.Pakistan: Minister Refuses to Step Down Over Death Bounty on Filmmaker | The Telegraph | September 25, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Made the claret merino myself, and enjoyed it, as I do anything bought with my "head-money."Louisa May Alcott | Louisa May Alcott
He was charged in the House of Commons with receiving head-money for pirates killed; but the charge was disproved.Four Young Explorers | Oliver Optic
The Admiralty awarded head-money to the frigates for the destruction of the Droits de l'Homme.The Life of Admiral Viscount Exmouth | Edward Osler
The cut-worm is here correctly defined as the enemy, while the excise claimed by the birds is head-money for his extirpation.
The wiser Chinese take Ferdinands and Josephs dollars alike, calling them both devils head money.Gatherings From Spain | Richard Ford
British Dictionary definitions for head money
a reward paid for the capture or slaying of a fugitive, outlaw, etc
an archaic term for poll tax
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