taillable et corvéable à merci

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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).


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


taillable et corvéable à merci (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.