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—A Dictionary of the English Language, 1766, by Samuel Johnson
We are more heavily taxed by our idleness, pride and folly, than we are taxed by government.
To load with a burden or burdens.
To assess, fix or determine judicially, as the amount of cost on actions in court; as, the court taxes bills of cost.
To charge; to censure; to accuse; usually followed by with; as, to tax a man with pride. He was taxed with presumption.
—The American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828, by Noah Webster
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”