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A tax, especially the salt tax imposed in France before 1790.

[Middle English gabel, from Old French, from Old Italian gabella, from Arabic qabāla, tribute, from qabila, to receive; see qbl in Semitic roots.]
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(Historical Terms) French history a salt tax levied until 1790
[C15: from Old Italian gabella, from Arabic qabālah tribute, from qabala he received]
gaˈbelled adj
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a tax on salt levied in France, abolished in 1790.
[1375–1425; Middle English < Middle French < Arabic qabālah tax, receipt]
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Monsieur Gabelle was the Postmaster, and some other taxing functionary united; he had come out with great obsequiousness to assist at this examination, and had held the examined by the drapery of his arm in an official manner.
"Lay hands on this stranger if he seeks to lodge in your village to-night, and be sure that his business is honest, Gabelle."
If they were merely resisters of the gabelle or some kindred absurdity I would try to protect them from capture; but when men murder a person of high degree and likewise burn his house, that is another matter."
On the other hand, their common folk are so crushed down with gabelle, and poll-tax, and every manner of cursed tallage, that the spirit has passed right out of them.
Suppose a share assessed to each person of one or two francs for the consumption of salt and you obtain ten or a dozen millions; the modern "gabelle" disappears, the poor breathe freer, agriculture is relieved, the State receives as much, and no tax-payer complains.
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Currently, the products are now being processed with the packaging and labeling soon to be ready for mass production together with Kristel Gabelle Moraleda Patawaran, technology adaptor.
Clearly, tax avoidance was common back then also, because people avoided the tax by hanging plain wallpaper and then painting patterns on the walls; | salt has been a popular area in which to raise taxes, probably because it is a necessity, with the French gabelle tax being a contributing factor in the French revolution; | the Window Tax of 1696 was arguably a precursor to the proposed mansion tax, as it focused on wealthier people with larger homes; | in certain states in America Christmas decorations are subject to tax, clearly demonstrating a Scroogelike mentality; | Sweden has imposed a tax on new-borns being given an original name not already in use!
The 24-year-old French pro led his team featuring amateurs Steve Caygill, Simon Gabelle and Pierre Jean Paumard to a medal score of -23, which secured victory in the traditional curtain-raiser to the long-standing Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) is lobbying Parliament to enact a law that makes it legally possible for someone to give aid in an emergency to an injured person on a voluntary basis, Mr Ken Odur Gabelle, the Interim secretary general of URCS, said last week.