Scot, n. [Icel. skot; or OF. escot, F. cot, LL. scottum, scotum, from a kindred German word; akin to AS. scot, and E. shot, shoot; cf. AS. scetan to shoot, to contribute. See Shoot, and cf. Shot.] A portion of money assessed or paid; a tax or contribution; a mulct; a fine; a shot.
Scot and lot, formerly, a parish assessment laid on subjects according to their ability.
Cowell. Now, a phrase for obligations of every kind regarded collectivelly.
Experienced men of the world know very well that it is best to pay scot and lot as they go along.Emerson.
Scot"ale(?), } n. [Scot + ale.] (O. Eng. Law) The keeping of an alehouse by an officer of a forest, and drawing people to spend their money for liquor, for fear of his displeasure.
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