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[lee-keen] /ˈliˈkin/
(formerly in China) a provincial duty imposed on articles of trade that are in transit.
Origin of likin
1875-80; < earlier or dialectal Chinese, for Chinese líjīn ( .001 ounce + jīn money) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The amount and frequency of likin taxation are fixed by provincial legislation—that is, by a proclamation of the governor.

  • Wal, every man, an' woman too, to her own likin'; I'd as lief be here.

    Uncle Rutherford's Nieces Joanna H. Mathews
  • And so you've been meetin' and have come to believe—you have, anyway—that 'twas somethin' more than likin'.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Sure I'll bet it's himself would be likin' a taste of the same.

    The Straw Eugene O'Neill
  • I wasn't sorry about not likin' Sunday School or anything—only it just seemed that I had never done anything, or learned anything.

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
  • likin' things an' havin' 'em is as different as chalk an' cheese.

    The Brass Bound Box Evelyn Raymond
  • Well, she'd a likin' for the little 'un, and she swoore she shouldn't be sold.

  • Now a man may have a likin' to a hundred things in which he don't deal.

    Oak Openings James Fenimore Cooper
  • Let me get to likin' a goil, and there ain't nothin' I won't do for her.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • Bein' on a holiday here he tasted it, an' likin' the taste he kep' on.

    Just Irish Charles Battell Loomis

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