(2 syl.) means literally, a coupon, or piece cut off
(Latin, excido). It is a toll or duty levied on articles of home
consumption—a slice cut off from these things for the national
“Taxes on commodities are either on production within the country, or
on importation into it, or on conveyance or sale within it; and are
classed respectively as excise, customs, or tolls.” —Mill:
Political Economy, book v. chap. iii. p. 562.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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