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ways and means

plural noun
legislation, methods, and means of raising revenue for the use of the government.
methods and means of accomplishing or paying for something.
Origin of ways and means
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I'm going to be chairman, speaker, program, and ways-and-means committee of this meeting.

    Roast Beef, Medium Edna Ferber
  • She simply sat and looked at poor Kate like the chairman of a ways-and-means committee who is waiting to hear all the reports.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for ways-and-means

ways and means

plural noun
the revenues and methods of raising the revenues needed for the functioning of a state or other political unit
(usually capital) a standing committee of the US House of Representatives that supervises all financial legislation
the methods and resources for accomplishing some purpose
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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