• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • House-duty a tax laid on inhabited houses
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hús; Goth. hus, Ger. haus.


In literature:

The house and window duties have done this to a large extent.
"The Book-Hunter" by John Hill Burton
Sarah was a house slave, performing the duties of a maid.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Under such conditions, the duty and the inclinations of Government House went hand-in-hand.
"Half a Hero" by Anthony Hope
After the evening meal came a period of respite for those not on duty at the house.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
They could n't seem to think whether their first duty was to shake Amelia or run around to the front of the house.
"Susan Clegg and a Man in the House" by Anne Warner
Emeline stayed in the house, busying herself with the monotonous duties of the family three days.
"The King Of Beaver, and Beaver Lights" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
May a light-house-keeper put his own life and health first, and his duty next?
"Grace Darling" by Eva Hope
There was, indeed, a certain nondescript Mistress McGrier, who came to help with the heavier duties of the house.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
No woman had who did her duty by her house and her family.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
In truth, at times when the House is reduced almost to a state of coma, the duties of the Whip become more arduous and exacting.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 30, June 1893" by Various
After attending to my duties I strode on to the house and entered the cozily-furnished living room.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
In any case, it's your duty to go to your house.
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
Had it not been my duty to remain and protect my cousins, I should not have been able to refrain from hastening back to the house.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
The project pleased the house, and the Stamp Duties were imposed.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
To-night he came to me in Mrs Beaton's house, and warned me that it was my duty to go to a dying man.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
Mrs. Lincoln returned to Washington in November, and again duty called me to the White House.
"Behind the Scenes" by Elizabeth Keckley
A new House Duty, levied in proportion to the number of servants, is open to less objection.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
He must not quit his engine-house while on duty, except to go to a fire, unless by special order from a superior.
"Fire Prevention and Fire Extinction" by James Braidwood
The sheriff is now at Mr. Warren's house, and it is your duty to hand the prisoner over to him at once.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
We couldn't collect a cent of duty on any of those things, because we don't bring them into the house.
"The Cheerful Smugglers" by Ellis Parker Butler

In poetry:

Be careful that thou art not drawn away,
By foolishness, to break the Sabbath-day;
Be constant at the pious house of prayer,
That thou mayst learn the christian duties there.
"England's Alarm. or The Pious Christian's Speedy Call To Repentance" by Anonymous British
The thrifty old fellows your loveliness mellows
Confess to a dread of your house;
But a more pressing duty, in view of your beauty,
Is the young wife's concern for her spouse.
"To Barine" by Roswell Martin Field
They go of an island to take special charge,
Much warmer than Britain, and ten times as large,
No custom-house duty, no freightage to pay
And tax free they live when at Botany Bay.
"Botany Bay 1786" by Anonymous Oceania
Out of the old house, Nancy--moved up into the new;
All the hurry and worry is just as good as through.
Only a bounden duty remains for you and I--
And that's to stand on the door-step, here, and bid the old house good-bye.
"Out Of The Old House, Nancy" by William McKendree Carleton
Out of the old house, Nancy--moved up into the new;
All the hurry and worry is just as good as through.
Only a bounden duty remains for you and I--
And that's to stand on the door-step, here, and bid the
old house good-bye.
"Out Of The Old House, Nancy" by Will McKendree Carleton

In news:

Civic Duty , Sure, but Wasn't The White House Enough.
Is the White House Only Concealing Dereliction of Duty.
Day in and day out the dutiful mousewife works alongside her mousehusband in the house of Miss Barbara Wilkinson.
Administration officials and others sit before House or Senate inquisitors answering each as fully and dutifully as they can.
Democratic State Auditor Rebecca Otto appeared before a House committee Tuesday, warning her office would be forced to abandon basic oversight duties should proposed Republican budget cuts be carried out.
White House officials released military payroll records Tuesday that they say show President Bush fulfilled his National Guard duties, answering newly resurfaced questions about his Vietnam War record.
Pol wants to pull double duty in Senate, House.
I'll be voting for Alaskan politicians who seek out bipartisan cooperation in the House and the Senate and against those who put party politics before their duty to their state and its citizens.
Breath test shows DeWitt Township off-duty police officer was not drunk when he crashed into house.
Duties, clubs, house-cleaning, whatever it was that pressure-packed each day to the brim.
If the military MMA gods smile, it will be National Guard mechanic vs active-duty grunt on the "TUF" House fight card.
The Sisters and the midwives of Nonnatus House carry out many nursing duties across the community.
Byron Oswaldo Acevedo during a naturalization ceremony for active duty service members in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, July 4.
Both lamps are mounted in a durable rubber housing with a galvanized multi-angle mounting bracket and 3' heavy duty cable.
Pol wants to pull double duty in Senate, House.