Meaning of “Chancellor of the Exchequer” in the English Dictionary

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"Chancellor of the Exchequer" in British English

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Chancellor of the Exchequernoun

uk /ˌtʃɑːn.səl.ər əv ði eksˈtʃek.ər/ us /ˌtʃæn.səl.ɚ əv ði eksˈtʃek.ɚ/

Examples from literature

  • As Chancellor of the Exchequer he was called upon to shape the fiscal policies that would be the determining factor in the War of Wars. 
  • It was said of Gladstone that he was the greatest Chancellor of the Exchequer England ever saw, but that as a retail merchant he would soon have ruined himself by his bookkeeping. 
  • The course of taxation in recent years encourages the belief that the only thing that restrains the Chancellor of the Exchequer from taking our little all is that he does not know how much it is. 
  • The unequalled fiscal and arithmetical talents of my Chancellor of the Exchequer have, by the most rigid economy, succeeded in reducing the revenue very considerably below the actual expenditure of the state. 
  • Yet whenever a British Chancellor of the Exchequer has found it necessary to increase any of the taxes on consumption, the protests from the Irish benches have been invariably both loud and vehement. 

(Definition of “Chancellor of the Exchequer” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"Chancellor of the Exchequer" in Business English

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Chancellor of the Exchequernoun [ C ]

uk us also Chancellor

GOVERNMENT, FINANCE the person in the UK government who is responsible for the nation's finances, including tax levels and government spending:

An additional £40m for rural development may be cut in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's spending review.

(Definition of “Chancellor of the Exchequer” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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