ways and means
noun plural Date: 15th century 1. methods and resources for accomplishing something and especially for defraying expenses 2. often capitalized W&M a. methods and resources for raising the necessary revenues for the expenses of a nation or state b. a legislative committee concerned with this function

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  • Ways and Means — may refer to: Committee of Ways and Means of the UK parliament United States House Committee on Ways and Means Ways and Means (The West Wing), an episode of the television series The West Wing Ways and Means , a song by Snow Patrol from their… …   Wikipedia

  • ways and means — n pl 1: methods and resources for raising the necessary revenues for the expenses of a nation or state 2 often cap W&M: a legislative committee with jurisdiction over ways and means Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • ways and means — ways′ and means′ n. pl. 1) gov legislation and other methods for raising revenue for the use of the government 2) methods and means of accomplishing or paying for something • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • ways and means — ► ways and means the methods and resources for achieving something. Main Entry: ↑way …   English terms dictionary

  • ways and means — n. 1. methods and resources at the disposal of a person, company, etc. 2. methods of raising money; specif., such methods, including legislation, in government …   English World dictionary

  • Ways and means — Way Way, n. [OE. wey, way, AS. weg; akin to OS., D., OHG., & G. weg, Icel. vegr, Sw. v[ a]g, Dan. vei, Goth. wigs, L. via, and AS. wegan to move, L. vehere to carry, Skr. vah. [root]136. Cf. {Convex}, {Inveigh}, {Vehicle}, {Vex}, {Via}, {Voyage} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ways and means —    To say that there are ways and means of achieving something means that there are several methods which will produce the desired result.     All ways and means will be used to provide assistance to the survivors …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • ways and means — {n. plural} Methods of getting something done or getting money; how something can be done and paid for. * /The boys were trying to think of ways and means to go camping for the weekend./ * /The United States Senate has a committee on ways and… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ways and means — {n. plural} Methods of getting something done or getting money; how something can be done and paid for. * /The boys were trying to think of ways and means to go camping for the weekend./ * /The United States Senate has a committee on ways and… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ways\ and\ means — n. plural Methods of getting something done or getting money; how something can be done and paid for. The boys were trying to think of ways and means to go camping for the weekend. The United States Senate has a committee on ways and means …   Словарь американских идиом

  • ways and means — In a legislative body, the committee on ways and means is a committee appointed to inquire into and consider the methods and sources for raising revenue, and to propose means for providing the funds needed by the government. In Congress it is a… …   Black's law dictionary

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