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national debt

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Economics, Government
national debtˌnational ˈdebt noun [countable usually singular]  PEPGthe total amount of money owed by the government of a country The government taxed fuel highly in order to finance the national debt.
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national debtAnd a national debt that took 200 years to reach a trillion bucks, tripled in two presidential terms.The result was the ballooning national debt.The implications for one major question of dynamic incidence - the burden of the national debt - are developed in Section 8-5.On that same day, the Treasury Department will run out of money to pay off the national debt.The government raised £1,500,000,000 from loans and taxes, while the national debt leapt from £242,900,000 in 1793 to £744,900,000 in 1815.
From Longman Business Dictionarynational debtˌnational ˈdebt [uncountable]FINANCE money borrowed and still owed by a country debt
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