Definition of poll tax in English:

poll tax


mass noun
  • 1A tax levied on every adult, without reference to their income or resources.

    ‘the council tax replaces the poll tax’
    count noun ‘the payment of a poll tax’
    • ‘They'd come from the villages of Essex and Kent, roughly sixty thousand of them, to protest against the new poll tax and the general unfairness of feudal life.’
    • ‘It was thought dangerous, because it risked rebellion, and this in the period when Salisbury, Sir Edward Coke and many others firmly entered it into the national mythology that poll tax led to rebellion.’
    • ‘In late May 1381, a number of local peasants, craftsmen, and traders seized and assaulted some justices sent from London to enforce a hated new poll tax.’
    • ‘John de Snailwell purchased entrance to the Lynn franchise in 1388, but left little mark on local records, despite having been resident in Lynn at the time of the 1379 poll tax.’
    • ‘Widespread violence was sparked off in 1381 by yet another poll tax, this one at 1s. a head, three times the rate of 1377 and 1379.’
    1. 1.1informal
      another term for community charge
      • ‘John Major's Tory government introduced the council tax in 1993 to replace the hated poll tax.’
      • ‘The policy would be used to embarrass non-payers of council tax, poll tax and business rates.’
      • ‘As for Dave Green's assertion that the Thatcherites would have replaced poll tax with a local income tax if it was feasible - nonsense!’
      • ‘When the council tax replaced the poll tax in 1993, homes were placed in eight bands based on property prices.’
      • ‘Then I served and worked for Merton Council dealing with records management, a difficult job made all the more essential by the triple-fold increase in paperwork generated by Thatcher's mad poll tax.’


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