Customs


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Customs

A general term for an agency in a country responsible for controlling the flow of goods into the country. Customs agencies attempt to prevent dangerous, hazardous or illegal materials from entering the country, and also collect tariffs and other taxes. They may also enforce import quotas.
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They know how to spare when they see occasion; and when they strike, the axe may be sharp indeed, but its edge is seldom poisoned with ill-will; nor is it their custom ignominiously to kick the head which they have just struck off.
The life of the Custom -- House lies like a dream behind me.
And the Doctor, than whom no man or boy had a stronger liking for old school customs which were good and sensible, had, as has already been hinted, come into most decided collision with several which were neither the one nor the other.
Let it be, and hasten to do me battle, as you must by the custom, for I am eager to handle the Groan-Maker and to sit in your seat and settle this matter of the cattle of Masilo the Pig.
There is another custom amongst them yet more extraordinary, which is, that the wife is punished whenever the husband proves false to the marriage contract; this punishment indeed extends no farther than a pecuniary mulct, and what seems more equitable, the husband is obliged to pay a sum of money to his wife.
Aouda and he had remained, despite the cold, under the portico of the Custom House.
It is the custom in war," said D'Artagnan, "why should it not be the custom in a duel?
About this period the people were much incensed at an act committed by a person who held an office in the Custom House.
There was one singular custom observed in old Marheyo's domestic establishment, which often excited my surprise.
Strolling along the native runways in the fringe of jungle just beyond the beach, as was his custom, to see whatever he might pick up, the steward had picked up Kwaque.
He ordered at the same time that all the Apes be arranged in a long row on his right hand and on his left, and that a throne be placed for him, as was the custom among men.
All this while Mr Jones was engaged in conversation with the serjeant; for that officer was entirely unconcerned in the present dispute, being privileged by immemorial custom from all contribution.

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