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- A tax paid by bloodshed; especially, a derogatory term for military conscription.
- "France is the mother of Conscription. What has she gained by that blood-tax?"
- "I appeal to the working men of Great Britain..not to be misled by catch-phrases about ‘the liberty of the subject’ and the ridiculous cant about a ‘Blood Tax’!"
- "They would have paid their blood-tax, done their own part in the immemorial human warfare against nature."
a tax paid by bloodshed; especially, a derogatory term for military conscription
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