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tax sale

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noun
  1. the sale of real property, as land, usually at auction by a public authority, in order to pay delinquent taxes assessed upon its owner.
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Origin of tax sale

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35
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  • I want to see what is to be done at the tax-sale and what sort of a title is to be given.

    Letters from Port Royal

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