taillable et corvéable à merci

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Etymology[edit]

Literally to “to be liable to tax and to forced labour at will”. During the Ancien Régime, anyone who is not a clergy or aristocrat – namely, the commoners – had to pay taille (land tax) or do corvée (forced labour).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ta.jabl‿e kɔʁ.ve.abl a mɛʁ.si/

Adjective[edit]

taillable et corvéable à merci (masculine and feminine, plural taillables et corvéables à merci)

  1. (idiomatic) heavily taxed; enslaved to do onerous work;
  2. (figuratively, humorous) exploitable endlessly; at the beck and call of; at one's bidding

Usage notes[edit]

Often preceded by être in a sentence.

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