• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Likin A Chinese provincial tax levied at many inland stations upon imports or articles in transit. "“ Likin ,” which used to be regarded as illegal, as one of the many, “squeezes” imposed by the mandarins, is, in Jamieson's opinion, just as legal as any other form of taxation."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n likin A tax, originally of one cash per tael on the value of all sales, imposed by the people of China upon themselves, in order to make up the deficiency in the land-tax, during the Taiping rebellion (1850–64). It was to be set apart for military purposes only, and was intended to be merely a temporary measure. It is still levied, however, and has been recognized in treaties by the foreign nations trading with China. The rate varies at the different barriers all over the country; but foreign-owned goods are exempted from this and other local exactions by transit passes, which are issued by the customs authorities on the payment of a commutation of 2½ per cent. ad valorem. Also spelled lekin.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chin. li kin,; li, the thousandth part of a tael + kin, money


In literature:

Not likin' the sign I seed about, I tuk Jack and put out.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
Wal, every man, an' woman too, to her own likin'; I'd as lief be here.
"Uncle Rutherford's Nieces" by Joanna H. Mathews
I don't never get over likin' young wintergreen.
"Oldtown Fireside Stories" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
What's likin' him got to do with it?
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
I took a likin' to the boy.
"The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus" by Horatio Alger Jr.
Sure I'll bet it's himself would be likin' a taste of the same.
"The Straw" by Eugene O'Neill
I'm goin' to take a likin' to ye, kid, d'ye hear that!
"The Blue Birds' Winter Nest" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Well, every man to his own likin'.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
Lijah, he ain't got no likin' fo' to get up an' see wat's de mattah.
"The Cat in Grandfather's House" by Carl Henry Grabo
Adam had a kind o' likin' for't, and always carried it at his saddle-bow when he went out o' horseback.
"The Wild Man of the West" by R.M. Ballantyne

In news:

IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD OMEN THAT I WAS laughing before I had crossed Martha Likins' threshold.
Darrie took a likin' to Hangin' Tree cow dogs.