exchequer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n exchequer the funds of a government or institution or individual
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Exchequer One of the superior courts of law; -- so called from a checkered cloth, which covers, or formerly covered, the table.
    • Exchequer The department of state having charge of the collection and management of the royal revenue. Eng Hence, the treasury; and, colloquially, pecuniary possessions in general; as, the company's exchequer is low.
    • v. t Exchequer To institute a process against (any one) in the Court of Exchequer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n exchequer [capitalized] In England, an ancient court or tribunal, more fully designated the Court of Exchequer, in which all causes affecting the revenues of the crown were tried and decided. In course of time it acquired the jurisdiction of ordinary superior common-law courts, by allowing any suitor who desired to bring his complaint before it to allege that by the defendant's injustice he was prevented from discharging his debts to the king's revenues, which allegation the court did not allow to be denied. The court also had, up to 1841, an equity side. The judges were called barons. In 1875 the court was made the Exchequer Division of the new High Court of Justice.
    • n exchequer [capitalized] In Scotland, a court of similar nature and history, abolished in 1857.
    • n exchequer [capitalized] In the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, that department of the government which has charge of all matters relating to the public revenue of the kingdom, the head of which is called the Chancellor of the Exchequer. See chancellor, 3 .
    • n exchequer A state treasury: as, the war drained the exchequer.
    • n exchequer Pecuniary resources; finances: as, my exchequer was getting low. [Colloq.]
    • exchequer To sue in the Court of Exchequer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Exchequer eks-chek′ėr a superior court which had formerly to do only with the revenue, but now also with common law, so named from the chequered cloth which formerly covered the table, and on which the accounts were reckoned
    • v.t Exchequer to proceed against a person in the Court of Exchequer
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. escheker, OF. eichekier, fr. LL. scaccarium,. See Checker Chess Check

Usage

In literature:

Land has two admirable qualities in the estimation of Chancellors of the Exchequer.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCLXXVI. February, 1847. Vol. LXI." by Various
Such was the state of affairs when the Chancellor of the Exchequer appointed the Committee on War Loans for the Small Investor.
"The War After the War" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson
The Chancellor of the Exchequer can come down to the House and the tax can be repealed if there is a sufficiently fierce demand for it.
"Liberalism and the Social Problem" by Winston Spencer Churchill
The Sarkee makes up his accounts, or fills up his exchequer by razzias.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
Duchess, you must keep your eye on the next post vacant in the Exchequer.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
Planty Pall was Chancellor of the Exchequer.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Exchequer bills sold on the street at forty per cent.
"Continental Monthly, Volume 5, Issue 4" by Various
H. C. E. Childers, Chancellor of the Exchequer, was in the chair.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol II, After-Dinner Speeches E-O" by Various
They say he will be the next Chancellor of the Exchequer to a certainty.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
His exchequer, too, was low.
"The King's Men" by Robert Grant, John Boyle O'Reilly, J. S. Dale, and John T. Wheelwright
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In poetry:

Sir William Joynson-Hicks
Could only count up to six,
Which was rather a wrecker
For his hopes of the Exchequer
"Clerihew – Joynson-Hicks" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Is this the court of the Exchequer?
ALL. It is!
DEFENDANT (aside) Be firm, be firm, my pecker,
Your evil star's in the ascendant!
ALL. Who are you?
DEFENDANT. I'm the Defendant.
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

The Irish government has been asked to appoint a regulator who would limit the profits of the tobacco industry and, in doing so, generate around €150m a year for the exchequer, according to a story by Eilish O'Regan for the Irish Independent.
In 1953 in London, Mr Appiah, a law student from a prominent Ashanti family in what is now Ghana , married Peggy Cripps, whose late father, Sir Stafford Cripps, had been Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Five Star RecipeNational Hazelnut Cake DayFive Food Finds about Hazelnuts Today's Food History on this day in 1495 The first written mention of scotch whiskey is in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland.
Tory Exchequer Secretary David Gauke has emptied a sack of squabbling cats among the pigeons with his claim that cash-in-hand payments to the lower classes are "morally wrong".
Chancellor of the Exchequer contemplates the numbers on his way to Parliament today.
Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, delivers his keynote speech at the Conservative Party's annual conference, in Birming.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer should target fat cat tax dodgers - not low and middle-income families, says Brian Campfield.
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