Take the pledge

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Take the pledge to give a written promise to abstain from intoxicating liquor
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. plege (Fr. pleige); prob. L. præbēre, to afford.

Usage

In literature:

You don't pledge yourself to take the course.
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
Therefore, for him, the sooner we had it the better, and, to hurry it on, he was ready to take any pledge.
"Georgina's Reasons" by Henry James
In one period of nine months he induced two hundred thousand persons to take the temperance pledge.
"Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing" by George Barton Cutten
He insisted on taking the pledge when I did last year!
"Peggy-Alone" by Mary Agnes Byrne
But they distrust the gods and take Freia with them as a pledge.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
Thus he departed with all his men, taking with him only six of the principal prisoners as pledges.
"The Pirates of Panama" by A. O. (Alexandre Olivier) Exquemelin
Our boys, who are not already pledged to the Colors, prefer taking their turn with the draft.
"Where the Souls of Men are Calling" by Credo Harris
She wished to know who, loving the black man, could take this pledge?
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
It's my pledge to take whisky straight and beer the next day.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
Take the pledge when ye're young, laddie, and ye'll no regret it when ye're old.
"Young Barbarians" by Ian Maclaren
You'd better come with me and take the pledge.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
A drunkard takes the pledge; it will be strange if that does not help him.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But woe to the speaker who forgets his pledge and thinks he may take advantage of that restored quiet to go beyond the time he stated.
"The Art of Lecturing" by Arthur M. (Arthur Morrow) Lewis
Next morning Teressa came with the strange news that Mrs M'Rea had been converted, and had been to Father Ryan to take the pledge.
"The Weans at Rowallan" by Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Mr. Moody to take up matter of the legality of pledges with Mr. Coleman.
"The Everett massacre" by Walker C. Smith
A fellow that takes the pledge 's often as you do an' breaks it as often.
"Dorothy on a House Boat" by Evelyn Raymond
But she shall reach the place to which you desire me to take her, to this I pledge you my word.
"The Laughing Cavalier" by Baroness Orczy
Du Guesclin repulsed every assault; and Lancaster would have retired, if his honour had not been pledged to take the town.
"The History of Chivalry, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Mills
Begorra, and it's the pledge I'll be taking while I'm amongst these heathen.
"The Flying Bo'sun" by Arthur Mason
Therefore, you shall take a Pledge of me, that all the tribes may know that we are brothers, and that the peace of God is between us.
"The Arab's Pledge" by Edward L. Mitford
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In poetry:

My heart thinks as the sun comes up
that what it does is wise:
as earth borrows its light,
as pledge it takes the stars.
"My Heart Thinks as The Sun Comes Up" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
"Take the punishment thou gavest,
Give before all there a pledge
For my freedom, or thy darling
Dying, falls from yonder ledge.
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Brothers, then the foe shall fall,
When we take our father's seats,
Here we pledge us, one and all,
We will drive him from our streets.
"Welcome Brothers! For A Cold Water Army" by John Pierpont
Land of our Birth, we pledge to thee
Our love and toil in the years to be;
When we are grown and take our place
As men and women with our race.
"The Children's Song" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Among the many campaign promises that Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio has broken since taking office was his pledge to run an open and transparent administration.
Are you willing to take the pledge .
Members of the New Super-Committee: Don't Take the Pledge .
Take 'The Pledge,' fight underage drinking .
NEW YORK — Malawi 's President Joyce Banda says her country isn't ready to repeal a law which outlaws homosexuality, despite her pledge after taking office to work to overturn the legislation.
Dennis Nett /The Post-Standard Mohamed Bahr, takes the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the Naturalization Ceremony at the Onondaga County Courthouse.
Take the W82TXT Pledge .
First they try to take the word God out of the pledge of allegiance and now this.
The goal of the campaign is to get more than 150-thousand drivers to take the "Wait to Text" pledge.
(Jason Durham / For the Enterprise) Read the article: Anglers taking a stewardship pledge.
A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of taking folks who donated during our June pledge drive on a t.
After initially pledging to remain open, the New York S. New York City is taking a beating from Hurricane Sandy.
Taking back the flag, the pledge, the anthem, the feeling.
You can also join Aura Cacia on Facebook to pledge to take the time to chill out and invite your stressed -out friends to take part.
Blagojevich had long pledged to take the stand in his own defense, saying for months that he wanted to do so to set the record straight.
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