- wearingly burdensome: the day-to-day, taxing duties of a supervisor.
Origin of taxing
- a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.
- a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand.
- (of a government)
- to demand a tax from (a person, business, etc.).
- to demand a tax in consideration of the possession or occurrence of (income, goods, sales, etc.), usually in proportion to the value of money involved.
- to lay a burden on; make serious demands on: to tax one's resources.
- to take to task; censure; reprove; accuse: to tax one with laziness.
- Informal. to charge: What did he tax you for that?
- Archaic. to estimate or determine the amount or value of.
- to levy taxes.
Origin of tax
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Examples from the Web for taxing
Calibrating every facial expression, that's the hardest and most taxing part.Michael Sam Is Not a ‘Distraction’
February 12, 2014
At a fundraiser in Sun Valley, Clint had gone way off message, talking about taxing Olympic medals and rambling on.“Double Down”: 13 Must Read Moments from the New Book
November 7, 2013
Or they could go the route of taxing people based on usage—effectively, a toll for the number of miles you drive.North Carolina Punishes Owners of Gas Efficient Cars
June 11, 2013
Yet a few years later, they're all sunshine and smiles when it comes to taxing the internet.Why is Amazon Supporting an Internet Sales Tax?
May 6, 2013
But the solution imposed on Cyprus–taxing big deposits–may pave the way for the next European financial crisis.The Resolution of the Cyprus Banking Collapse Paves the Way for More Crises
April 1, 2013
Lived during the reign of William Pitt, and believed in taxing tea.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
Prosper looked about him, taxing his recollection fruitlessly.The Downfall
But he shook off his fear, taxing himself with being childish, when he wished to be strong.Therese Raquin
He told her what had been so suddenly revealed to him, taxing her with it.Mistress Wilding
It was this problem that was taxing all my ingenuity, and which, as yet, I had not quite solved.Against Odds
Lawrence L. Lynch
- demanding, onerous, and wearing
- a compulsory financial contribution imposed by a government to raise revenue, levied on the income or property of persons or organizations, on the production costs or sales prices of goods and services, etc
- a heavy demand on something; straina tax on our resources
- to levy a tax on (persons, companies, etc, or their incomes, etc)
- to make heavy demands on; strainto tax one's intellect
- to accuse, charge, or blamehe was taxed with the crime
- to determine (the amount legally chargeable or allowable to a party to a legal action), as by examining the solicitor's bill of coststo tax costs
- slang to steal
Word Origin and History for taxing
early 14c., "obligatory contribution levied by a sovereign or government," from Anglo-French tax, Old French taxe, and directly from Medieval Latin taxa, from Latin taxare (see tax (v.)). Related: taxes. Tax shelter is attested from 1961.
c.1300, "impose a tax on," from Old French taxer "impose a tax" (13c.), from Latin taxare "evaluate, estimate, assess, handle," also "censure, charge," probably a frequentative form of tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Sense of "burden, put a strain on" first recorded 1670s; that of "censure, reprove" is from 1560s. Its use in Luke ii for Greek apographein "to enter on a list, enroll" is due to Tyndale. Related: Taxed; taxing.
Idioms and Phrases with taxing
In addition to the idiom beginning with tax
- tax with
- death and taxes