To protest a bill

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To protest a bill (Law) to make a solemn written declaration, in due form, on behalf of the holder, against all parties liable for any loss or damage to be sustained by the nonacceptance or the nonpayment of the bill or note, as the case may be. This should be made by a notary public, whose seal it is the usual practice to affix.
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Usage

In literature:

There was a time, when I was young, and might perhaps have been stupid enough not to protest the bill.
"Gobseck" by Honore de Balzac
Ottley swears never to have seen your handwriting, save on the back of a protested bill.
"Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Charles Lever
Boniface solemnly protests that a bill he is presenting to an old gentleman in a laced hat is extremely moderate.
"The Works of William Hogarth: In a Series of Engravings" by John Trusler
Several bills were passed against recusants and as a protection to the Protestant religion.
"Guy Fawkes" by Thomas Lathbury
When a foreign bill is dishonoured the holder must cause it to be protested by a notary public.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
His opposition to the bill was ended by a final and earnest protest against it on the night of its passage.
"Presidential Candidates:" by D. W. Bartlett
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In news:

Protesters chanted and marched against corporate excess and executive bonuses in front of the AIG building in Washington on Thursday, as Congress worked to pass a bill taxing such bonuses.
On a recent Tuesday afternoon, outside a firehouse on the north shore of Staten Island, Bill de Blasio slipped between a throng of sweaty, angry protesters and was quickly ushered to a microphone stand.
Commercial fishermen gathered in Burgaw today to protest a bill that would keep them from catching certain types of fish.
Firefighters, teachers and police came out Monday to protest a bill that would eliminate collective bargaining for state employees.
Most Indiana Democrats have stayed away from the opening of the state House session out of protest for a bill they say is harmful to unions.
A large crowd protested inside and outside the state Capitol against two controversial right-to-work bills that the Michigan House of Representatives passed.
In honor of the demonstrations that have been sweeping this and other cities, I'm going to take a moment to protest my property tax bill.
State lawmakers moved forward Wednesday with a bill that would send Planned Parenthood to the back of the line for public family-planning money, even as crowds of chanting protesters lined the Statehouse halls to oppose the measure.
IPAA president Barry Russell sent out a letter to the industry late last week encouraging people to contact their congressional representatives to protest "extremely damaging" bills that are being discussed in Washington.
The popular link-sharing community Reddit plans a site black out on Jan 18 from 8 am to 8 pm to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister bill the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
Shoemaker is among the UAW members -- including retirees -- who have been asked to do whatever they can to protest the right-to-work bills scheduled for a Tuesday vote.
The Michigan House is debating a bitterly contested right-to-work bill as pro-union demonstrators continue their noisy protest in Lansing.
A crowd protests outside the state Capitol against two controversial right-to-work bills that the Michigan House of Representatives passed in Lansing, Mich .
About a dozen protesters showed up today to protest on Main Street in Poultney in support of saving Green Mountain College's oxen Lou and Bill.
Last night on Fox News, anchor Megyn Kelly joined Bill O'Reilly to assess just how much the protesters at UC Davis deserved to get pepper-sprayed while staging a nonviolent protest last week.
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