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Re: Paying through the nose

Posted by James Briggs on March 31, 2006

In Reply to: Paying through the nose posted by Phil Scanlan on March 30, 2006

: "Paying through the nose". I have been informed recently that this phrase originated as a result of a tax levvied on snuff. Can anyone confirm that this is correct?

If you go to http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/41/messages/861.html you'll find a previous discussion. No one seems to have heard the 'snuff' possibility.