taillable et corvéable à merci
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).
- (idiomatic) heavily taxed; enslaved to do onerous work
- (figuratively, humorous) exploitable endlessly; at the beck and call of; at one's bidding
Often preceded by être in a sentence.