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head money

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

First recorded in 1520–30
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Historical Examples of head money

  • But, in this case, where would be the head-money and the emigrants?

    Journal of an African Cruiser

    Horatio Bridge

  • It is the head and not the head-money that should be looked at.

    Aliens or Americans?

    Howard B. Grose

  • And if half the head-money and the crew's pay were laid down in advance?

    Wide Courses

    James Brendan Connolly

  • Sir James, however, was soon after deprived of the governorship of Labuan, and the head-money was abolished.

  • Made the claret merino myself, and enjoyed it, as I do anything bought with my "head-money."

    Louisa May Alcott

    Louisa May Alcott

British Dictionary definitions for head money

head money

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