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bad cess to (one)

A curse of bad luck upon one. "Cess" is an Irish term for luck. Primarily heard in New Zealand. If you can just lie to me like that, then bad cess to you!
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bad cess to

a curse on. chiefly Irish
The origin of cess in this expression is probably linked to the historical requirement for Irish households to provide the soldiers of their English overlords with provisions at the low prices ‘assessed’ by the government. Alternatively, the word could be a shortened form of success .
See also: bad, cess, to
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Therefore, to increase its share of revenues, the Centre decided to make the most of the cess regime, because money collected through cesses is not shared with the states.
Says Sunil Kumar Sinha, Principal Economist, India Ratings: "Money collected through many cesses do not have designated pools, and we do not know if they are actually spent for the purpose they were collected for." The CAG, in its report released in December, had also echoed similar views, pointing out that in some cases, even the CAG couldn't figure out what was happening to the unutilised funds.
Economist Omkar Goswami, who is the Chairperson of Corporate and Economic Research Group Advisory, explains: "I truly disagree, except in rare instances, of using cesses for raising money.
Now that the Centre has made up its mind, we will probably have to wait for the CAG report of 2017 to know whether the government lived up to its promise and used the cesses for the purpose they were levied for.
It also points out that only part of the funds obtained through a number of other cesses are accounted for.
There are just two references to cesses, for instance, in the plan outlay for 2015/16.
Apart from being an additional burden on taxpayers, cesses skew the actual share of central taxes that states get.
Increasing cesses, it could be argued, negates this higher share for the states.
The single biggest chunk of cesses is on petroleum products and crude oil.