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Exciʹse (2 syl.)

means literally, a coupon, or piece cut off (Latin, exciʹdo). It is a toll or duty levied on articles of home consumption—a slice cut off from these things for the national purse.

“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.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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