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Customs duties imposed on imports of ‘luxury’ items such as cars by McKenna, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, in his wartime budget of 1915.
1920s; earliest use found in Parliamentary Debates. From the name of Reginald McKenna, British Liberal politician + the plural of duty.
McKenna duties/məˈkɛnə ˌdʒuːtiz//məˈkɛnə ˌdjuːtiz/
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