blood tax

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blood tax (plural blood taxes)

  1. 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."

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