king's shilling


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king's shilling

(when the sovereign was male) n
1. (Military) (until 1879) a shilling paid to new recruits to the British army
2. (Military) take the king's shilling archaic Brit to enlist in the army
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You think about your options, but you cannot arrive at a good one because all of them remind you of what your father used to say: 'When you take the King's shilling, you march to his commands.
Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling is a full-color graphic novel of swashbuckling adventure, set in the early 1800's.
Suddenly, because they were taking the king's shilling, they were labelled our finest generation and they have anniversaries marking their noble fight against fascism, like D-Day and VE Day, recognised.
What work engineers do in support of such a programme is clearly a matter of individual conscience but I would strongly recommend evaluating the real-world scene and looking beyond the fear before taking the king's shilling.
ONE was a grieving widower who took the king's shilling because he wanted to die on the front, the other was a conscript who wanted no more than to live and return to his family back in Blighty.
All for the King's Shilling has blazed a new trail.
If they decide to stay, then they should realise that accepting the king's shilling brings certain obligations.
I spent seven years in the Royal Navy, taking The King's Shilling in 1948.
After leaving school, instead of taking the King's Shilling or becoming a miner like many of his former classmates, he got a job as an usher at the Playhouse and later the Empire eventually winning his first Equity role in Bob Carlton's You'll Never Walk Alone at the Everyman.