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family credit

(formerly, in Britain) a means-tested allowance paid to low-earning families with one or more dependent children and one or both parents in work: replaced by Working Families' Tax Credit in 1999
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  • A keen sense of shame for her aunts and herself was over her; she felt as if she must keep up the family credit.

  • Thereat Lizarann, in support of her family credit, said: "He took all of nine shillings in coarpers once on a time."

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • Would, for the family credit we could add, that it was achieved by his brother!

    Sketches by Boz Charles Dickens

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