Head-money

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Head-money a tax counted per head: a reward by the head for persons captured at sea, &c.: a reward for a proscribed outlaw's head
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Quotations

  • Jonathan Swift
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    “A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. héafod, Dut. hoofd, Ger. haupt.

Usage

In literature:

I am sure that the thought of keeping back the money never entered your head.
"Luke Walton" by Horatio Alger
Sometimes they offered him money, but he always shook his great head.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
She was lightly rubbing her palms together, as, with head a little bowed, she stared at the money in the younger woman's hand.
"No Clue" by James Hay
If you ever tell anyone I got money that ain't money I'll shoot you through the head.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
Nothing ran in his head so much as the wish to become a master, but he had not money to gratify that wish.
"The Looking-Glass for the Mind" by M. Berquin
I soon convinced myself that they were arranging to sell my head ... yes ... and to divide the money!
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
Buvat looked at the man with an astonished air: it had never entered into his head that the king could be in want of money.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
We expected good service and help in recruiting from him, and promised him ample head-money.
"Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" by Felix Speiser
Whoever poked that gun toward my head got my money!
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock
Moreover, it rankles in the Houseman's breast that no Stockader pays a farthing of head-money to the treasure-chest of the Doomsmen.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
With some money in my purse, and very little knowledge in my head, I wandered through the Streets of New Orleans, wondering as I went.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
I know I could make money if I once got my head above water.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
Never had any head for money, and didn't know what she was doing.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
They'll probably head for some big city, where they can have a good time on whatever money they can get hold of.
"The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck" by Edward Stratemeyer
If this stinking quartet takes it into its head to levy annual blackmail, where is the money coming from?
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
And he made such a low bow, as he took the money, that his head actually knocked the ground.
"Mopsa the Fairy" by Jean Ingelow
I may be a damn fool at money making, or rather, money losing, but I do know how to keep my head shut.
"A Secret of the Lebombo" by Bertram Mitford
But Parson Page shook his head, and says he: 'I can't go home with this money in my possession.
"Clover and Blue Grass" by Eliza Calvert Hall
There is no money price on the heads of the master's horses.
"The Garden of Eden" by Max Brand
He had but one idea in his head, and that was, how to make money.
"The Life and Beauties of Fanny Fern" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

"Oh lend me five," the young man cried,
"My money all is spent."
The maiden shook her head and sighed,
"I'm sorry but it's Lent."
"Lent" by Edwin Carty Ranck
he's a poet.
he's also a doctor, a head-shrinker.
no blood involved that
way. he won't tell me whether I am crazy or
not-I don't have the
money.
"O, We Are The Outcasts" by Charles Bukowski
This, my child, is the Sissy Boy
Who acts so womanly and coy.
His head's as soft as new-made butter;
His aim in life is just to flutter;
Yet he goes along with unconcern
And marries a woman with money to burn.
"The Sissy Boy" by Edwin Carty Ranck
I hope Miss Baxter will prosper for many a long day
For the money that she has given away,
May God shower his blessings on her wise head,
And may all good angels guard her while living and hereafter when dead.
"The Inauguration of the University College" by William Topaz McGonagall
CARTERET. One eye was one too many in her head
When with that one the purblind beldame chose
A swaggering young scamp to be her husband,
Who'll squeeze the money out of her for drink,
And leave her pocket shrunken as her skin.
"The Wynnes Of Wynhavod. Act IV" by Emily Pfeiffer
Pough! pr'ythee ne'er trouble thy head with such fancies; Rely on the aid you shall have from Saint Francis;
If the money you promis'd be brought to the chest,
You have only to die, let the Church do the rest.
Derry down, down, hey derry down.
"The Thief And Cordelier. A Ballad" by Matthew Prior

In news:

"She doesn't soft-sell her positions," said Mark Brohman, a former lobbyist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and now head of the Nebraska Environmental Trust, from which Fischer is trying to take money to fund water projects.
(MONEY Magazine) – Whether you are the parent of a toddler with a burgeoning vocabulary, a kindergartener just learning to read or a 12-year-old headed off to middle school for the first time, there are days when your imagination runs amok.
Money, friends abandon 'heir'-headed Astor kin Tony & Charlene Marshall.
There's a place students and parents can go to look for free money to head to college.
Climate talks are heading into the final stretch with a host of issues unresolved, including a standoff over how much money financially stressed rich countries can spare to help the developing world tackle global warming.
The head coaches are the ones who make the big money in the SEC.
A second bill that allows the authority to accept federal money also is headed to Snyder.
Another used car dealer from Idaho who was ensnared in a money-laundering scheme is headed to federal prison.
If Blue can raise the money by Nov 25, Megan will have her head shaved at the team's home game against the Buffalo Bills.
7-million dollars in federal grants money is headed to southern Oregon to help repair the Siskiyou rail line that runs between Medford and Weed.
Money, friends abandon 'heir'-headed Astor kin.
He didn't win the million dollar prize on "Survivor", but runner-up Chase Rice won enough money to pack his bags and head to Nashville to pursue his music career.
The light heads are easily removed and reinstalled into the TriCore system, saving maintenance time and money.
Ex-chief executive, head trader of bankrupt money-management firm each face 20 counts.
Those of us who live in the realm outside of Trenton have been scratching our heads lately about Governor Corzine's curious choices of cutting money from the budget.
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In science:

Because the players are required to bet all their money on every round, si1 + si2 = 1, we can simplify the notation and let si = si1 be the amount player i bets on heads — the amount bet on tails is determined automatically.
The Reality Game
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