from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A municipal tax formerly levied in Great Britain on the members of a community in proportion to their ability to pay.
  • idiom (pay scot and lot) To pay in full.

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  • noun obligations of all kinds taken as a whole


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  • Oh! this is really too flattering, interrupted the scot and lot gentleman with a very uncouth laugh.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 3 ch. 4

    September 13, 2008