scot and lot

scot and lot

noun
1.
British History. a municipal tax assessed proportionately upon the members of a community.
Idioms
2.
pay scot and lot, to pay in full; settle finally.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English, rhyming phrase; see scot, lot

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scot and lot
 
n
(Brit) history a municipal tax paid by burgesses and others that came to be regarded as a qualification for the borough franchise in parliamentary elections (until the Reform Act of 1832)
 
[C13 scot tax, from Germanic; compare Old Norse skot; related to Old French escot (French écot) + lot (in the obsolete sense: tax)]

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