A true bill

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • A true bill a bill of indictment sanctioned by a grand jury.
    • A true bill (Law) a bill of indictment which is returned by the grand jury so indorsed, signifying that the charges to be true.
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Usage

In literature:

The Grand Jury speedily returned a true bill against Boulton and Small.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
I marvel that the grand jury of Washington did not find a true bill against the North Star for aiding and abetting Drayton and Sayres.
"The Biglow Papers" by James Russell Lowell
The grand jury found a true bill immediately, and they were put upon their trial in court.
"The Superstitions of Witchcraft" by Howard Williams
The bills of the true falcons are stronger, and have a notch in the lower mandible answering to a tooth in the upper one.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
At last, about noon, came a message to say that the grand jury had found a true bill against her.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 107, September, 1866" by Various
The bills of the true falcons are stronger, and have a notch in the lower mandible answering to a tooth in the upper one.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The words used in present practice are simply "not a true bill," or "not found.
"Little Folks (Septemeber 1884)" by Various
All right, Bill, perhaps a part of that is true.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
On the 10th, a true bill was found at Westminster, by the oaths of Giles Heron, Esq.
"History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth. Vol. II." by James Anthony Froude
Still, Buffalo Bill was not one to dread whatever might turn up, and he had seen Doctor Dick tried and proven true as steel and brave as a lion.
"Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer" by Colonel Prentiss Ingraham
If it is a true bill, Aby, you sha'n't be under no obligation to nobody!
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 365, March, 1846" by Various
What Bill Glutts had said about being pushed into the broken bric-a-brac was true.
"The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck" by Edward Stratemeyer
They were the kind of people one instinctively does not trust, and yet nobody could find a true bill against them.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
But to Mr. Grantley Berkeley, as foreman of the grand jury who found a true bill against me, I beg to draw your attention.
"The History Of The Last Trial By Jury For Atheism In England" by George Jacob Holyoake
The Grand Jury found a true bill against the two chiefs, and let the slaves go.
"Eleven Years in the Rocky Mountains and Life on the Frontier" by Frances Fuller Victor
It was Mr. Bill who took command and showed that he was a true son of the Evergreen chief.
"The Amazing Inheritance" by Frances R. Sterrett
The expression is now obsolete, "not a true bill," "no bill," being used.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3" by Various
Soon the grand jury was impaneled to investigate Burr's "crimes" and indict him for them if a true bill could be found.
"The Life of John Marshall Volume 3 of 4" by Albert J. Beveridge
If that is true, it is the best kind of a bill.
"Arguments before the Committee on Patents of the House of Representatives, conjointly with the Senate Committee on Patents, on H.R. 19853, to amend and consolidate the acts respecting copyright" by United States Committee on Patents
Is not this a true bill ?
"Blue-Stocking Hall, (Vol 1 of 3)" by William Pitt Scargill
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In poetry:

Each man he did his share, dad, the loyal, strong and true;
I wish I had been there, dad, to fight along with you.
I'm glad you met no harm, dad, and wear no wooden peg;
For Bill's dad lost an arm, dad, and Jim's dad lost a leg.
"The Slacker's Son" by Abner Cosens

In news:

Earlier today I looked at health care co-ops—which the Senate Finance Committee includes in its draft health care bill instead of a public plan—and explained why they're a poor substitute for a true public option.
A Howard County grand jury handed down more than a dozen indictments in 118th District Court Thursday afternoon, including true bills for first-degree felony charges of attempted robbery and sexual assault of a child.
Some fans recently asked actor Bill Murray for his autograph , and, in true wacky Murray fashion, he gave them something even better: a slo-mo walk to use in their very own short film.
Republicans already have introduced a bill that seeks to repeal the health care reforms passed this week by Democrats, but only the most delusional of GOP "true believers" expect it has a chance of passage.
Bill Spadea is the true embodiment of a statesman .
Bill Stewarts number 1 selling board, the Hydro Hull is a true high performance longboard that is very forgiving.
Settelmeyer said after the meeting he opposed the bills because they were not written in a way to protect "true transgender people," while preventing others posing as transgendered from taking advantage of the law.
The Farm Bill Now coalition represents the recognition of a new reality in Congress: The House is now dominated by members who have lost sight of the true mission of government in their zeal to accomplish one mission — deficit reduction.
On Tuesday Inquirer legend Bill Lyon returned from retirement to wonderfully recall a weekend series that will eternally be etched in the minds of true Phans.
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