poor rates

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Noun1.poor rates - a local tax for the relief of the poor
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
rates - a local tax on property (usually used in the plural)
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Garth; but he meant to make the sum complete with another sixty, and with a view to this, he had kept twenty pounds in his own pocket as a sort of seed-corn, which, planted by judgment, and watered by luck, might yield more than threefold--a very poor rate of multiplication when the field is a young gentleman's infinite soul, with all the numerals at command.
CUSTOMERS locked into poor rates on their Tax Exempt Special Savings Accounts (TESSAs) will be free to move to another TESSA provider without penalty, banking watchdog the Banking Code Standards Board said today.
In addition TESSA providers paying poor rates will have to raise those rates to what is deemed an acceptable level.