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poor rate

(English history) a rate or tax levied by parishes for the relief or support of the poor
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  • Under the old régime the landlord used to pay one-half of the poor rate and the occupier the other half.

    Ireland and the Home Rule Movement Michael F. J. McDonnell
  • There's nothing fer 'em here but farm labour an' the poor rate.

    Old Junk H. M. Tomlinson
  • The poor rate collected from the parishes for the cottagers and paupers was 3d.

  • It was a suburb which, in modern times, would be described as needing no poor rate.

    South London Sir Walter Besant
  • It has been already stated that the poor rate constituted the basis of valuation of property for local rates.

  • To pay a poor rate implies that somebody is poorer than the payer.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • They would curry favour with the poor, the lazy districts, by an equalisation of the poor rate.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • The system is bad, as it creates more claimants on your poor rate.

    A Danish Parsonage John Fulford Vicary
  • The expenses are payable out of the poor rate by the overseers on the precept of the parish council.

  • The poor rate is no longer made at the Vestry; the church rate is a thing of the past; and what is then left?

    The Hills and the Vale Richard Jefferies

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