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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When Corporal Dickson took the King's Shilling, aged 18, it was genuinely feared French dictator Napoleon Bonaparte's forces would invade Britain.
Took the king's shilling and crossed the English channel to France,
The women who took the king's shilling were instead a tough, independent lot.
Mr Campbell enlisted following a suggestion from senior figures in the church that all ministers of military age should consider taking the King's shilling.
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.' And therein hangs a stern warning: You accept payment for a service, you must be prepared to provide that service.
Travelling from Thailand, Brian also donated his father's accounts of the war, the young soldier's poems, medals and a "King's shilling" given to him on joining the army.
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"I'm angry about the deal which is on offer and the lack of ambition this region's leaders have for this region and, instead, accept the king's shilling."
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.