ways means

ways and means

legislation, methods, and means of raising revenue for the use of the government.
methods and means of accomplishing or paying for something.

1400–50; late Middle English

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ways and means
pl n
1.  the revenues and methods of raising the revenues needed for the functioning of a state or other political unit
2.  (usually capital) a standing committee of the US House of Representatives that supervises all financial legislation
3.  the methods and resources for accomplishing some purpose

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