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 Nose Literature.Nose of Wax (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Nose Tax (The).
 
In the ninth century the Danes imposed on Irish houses a poll tax, historically called the “Nose Tax,” because those who neglectèd to pay the ounce of gold were punished by having their nose slit.   1
 


 Nose Literature.Nose of Wax (A). 

 
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