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Definitions of surcharge

  1. rip off; ask an unreasonable price
  2. charge an extra fee, as for a special service
  3. an additional charge ( as for items previously omitted or as a penalty for failure to exercise common caution or common skill)
  4. show an omission in ( an account) for which credit ought to have been given
  5. fill to an excessive degree; " The air was surcharged with tension"
  6. print a new denomination on a stamp or a banknote
  7. fill to capacity with people; " The air raids had surcharged the emergency wards"
  8. place too much a load on; " don't overload the car"
  9. To print or write a surcharge on ( a postage stamp).
  10. A charge over the usual or legal rates.
  11. Something printed or written on a postage stamp to give it a new legal effect, as a new valuation, a place, a date, etc.; also ( Colloq.), a stamp with a surcharge.
  12. To overload; to overburden; to overmatch; to overcharge; as, to surcharge a beast or a ship; to surcharge a cannon.
  13. To overstock; especially, to put more cattle into, as a common, than the person has a right to do, or more than the herbage will sustain. Blackstone.
  14. To show an omission in ( an account) for which credit ought to have been given.
  15. An overcharge; an excessive load or burden; a load greater than can well be borne.
  16. The putting, by a commoner, of more beasts on the common than he has a right to.
  17. The showing an omission, as in an account, for which credit ought to have been given.
  18. An excessive charge, load, or burden; a charge beyond what is just and right.
  19. To charge more than is due; overburden.
  20. To overcharge or overload.
  21. An excessive load.
  22. An excessive charge or load.
  23. To over charge; overload.
  24. An excessive load or burden; overcharge beyond what is just.
  25. To overload; to overburden; to overstock; specially to put more cattle into a common than the person has a right to do; to make a charge for an imaginary amount of taxation.
  26. To overload; to overcharge; to overstock.
  27. A load greater than can be well borne; an extra charge.
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Usage examples for surcharge

  1. Considering the general tendency to multiply offices and dependencies and to increase expense to the ultimate term of burthen which the citizen can bear, it behooves us to avail ourselves of every occasion which presents itself for taking off the surcharge that it never may be seen here that after leaving to labor the smallest portion of its earnings on which it can subsist, Government shall itself consume the whole residue of what it was instituted to guard. – State of the Union Addresses of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  2. Summer, when on the solemn old trees the long days shone and lingered, and the glory of the meadows and the murmur of life and the scent of flowers bewildered tranquillity, till surcharge of warmth and beauty brooded into dark passion, and broke! – The Freelands by John Galsworthy
  3. Laughing and crying in the quick surcharge of spirits that makes their race what it is, they threw themselves on their knees begging his blessing. – The Shepherd of the North by Richard Aumerle Maher
  4. The last bushel of grain had been threshed and sold, and the balance of my debt to Lane, with every surcharge his ingenuity could invent, wiped out. – The Mistress of Bonaventure by Harold Bindloss
  5. A surcharge of eight per cent. – Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c. by Xavier Hommaire de Hell
  6. See but how pale they look, how wretchedly, With Yesterday's Surcharge disturb'd they be! – Acetaria: A Discourse of Sallets by John Evelyn
  7. Their income is mainly derived from the local rate, a surcharge of one- twelfth on the land revenue. – The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir by Sir James McCrone Douie
  8. On the other hand he proposed to check the consumption of spirits by imposing an extra duty of five pence a gallon along with a surcharge on distillery licences. – William Pitt and the Great War by John Holland Rose
  9. So I ask the Congress tonight: - to hold its appropriations to the budget requests, and - to act responsibly early this year by enacting the tax surcharge which for the average American individual amounts to about a penny out of each dollar's income. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  10. As to the surcharge I'll take care of that A beautiful creature, is not she, Mary? – The Widow's Dog by Mary Russell Mitford
  11. Then Mr. Poulton may bid good- bye to his surcharge for unless she was six months old on the fifth of April, she cannot be taxed for this year- so his letter is so much waste paper. – The Widow's Dog by Mary Russell Mitford
  12. All had gone right in the matter of the surcharge – The Widow's Dog by Mary Russell Mitford
  13. Search for additional background information using CompuServe's Magazine Database Plus, if you don't mind paying a wee surcharge – The Online World by Odd de Presno
  14. More than, as surcharge – 1001 Questions and Answers on Orthography and Reading by B. A. Hathaway
  15. Poulton seems to say that he sent a letter, nevertheless, and offers to prove the sending, if need be; it's not in our division, not even in our county, and I am afraid that in this matter of the surcharge I can do nothing, observed my father; though I have no doubt but it's a rascally trick to come by the dog. – The Widow's Dog by Mary Russell Mitford
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