17 October 2009

Cartoon : Paying Through the Nose

Used with kind permission from Andy Singer. http://www.andysinger.com

Pay an excessive amount for something, as in “We paid through the nose for that vacation.” The origin of this term has been lost. Possibly it alludes to the Danish nose tax, imposed in Ireland in the 9th century, whereby delinquent taxpayers were punished by having their noses slit (fendre). (Answers.com)

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