true bill

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n true bill an indictment endorsed by a grand jury
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: This may have been true on an older $5 bill, but I just scanned in one of the new ones and took a real close look and found nothing. If anyone finds it on an old one, please send in a pic or let me know.
    • True bill a bill of indictment endorsed, after investigation, by a grand jury, as containing a well-founded charge
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. treówe; Ice. tryggr, Ger. treu.

Usage

In literature:

It is signed by the foreman, indorsed "a true bill," and carried by the jury into court.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
BILLING felt that he had found his true vocation as an arbiter of taste.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, May 16, 1917." by Various
All the others had had true bills found against them.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
I've had my fling, like a true Irishman, and I'm ready to pay the bill.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
No fear they won't return a true bill.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The excitement was high in Chapelizod when the news reached that a true bill was found against Charles Archer for the murder of Barnabas Sturk.
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
It was just to restore these bills to their true owner; but how could this be done without hazardous processes and tedious disclosures?
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
True, they had allowed the Reform Bill of 1831 to pass, but not till they saw that a refusal would cause a revolution.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
If the grand jury finds a true bill against you, the cause will probably be tried at the present term of court.
"Branded" by Francis Lynde
Is not all this a true bill, and have you now the impudence to ask me whether I think the Commodore will come?
"Warwick Woodlands" by Henry William Herbert (AKA Frank Forester)
I guess if a true bill's got to be found agin any one, it's got to be found agin me.
"The Calico Cat" by Charles Miner Thompson
And yet, if all is true, he has slain tens, where Wild Bill has killed one.
"Wild Bill's Last Trail" by Ned Buntline
Monday, March 4th, the Grand Jury reported a true bill against M. L. Jenne, Jas.
"The Story of a Dark Plot" by A.L.O. C. and W.W. Smith
It was true that the bill in Uriah Dicks' possession was his own, yet how could he prove it, and thus get it once more into his possession?
"The Young Bridge-Tender" by Arthur M. Winfield
Affiky mans says dem rice-bud bill slick fer true.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
It seems to me that the true builder is the man that pays the bill.
"Stray Studies from England and Italy" by John Richard Greene
Affiky mans says dem rice-bud bill slick fer true.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
When the bill was introduced, its true intent and bearing were not clearly indicated.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Their bills and their feet were rather flat, it is true, but what of that?
"Dick and His Cat and Other Tales" by Various
The chief missed; Buffalo Bill had shot true.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
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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.
Sookie (Anna Paquin, center) has been romantically involved with both Bill, left, and Ericin "True Blood".
President Bill Clinton announced 13 years ago that the era of big government is over, and by one measure, that is true.
Carved it deep and shaped it true With his little bill.
LaPorte County's latest property tax bills seem too good to be true--because they probably are.
The Wayne County grand jury has handed down 58 true bills.
15 Quadrillion Phone Bill Doesn't Ring True.
Bill Jayme Remembered for True Creative Work.
The subtitle of Arnold Schwarzenegger (r.)'s new memoir is 'My Unbelievably True Life Story,' but many readers say the text doesn't live up to the billing.
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.
Comedy-Fantasy Directed by: Joel and Ethan Coen Starring: Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Newman, Charles Durning, John Mahoney, Jim True, Bill Cobbs.
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.
On last week's episode of "True Blood," Bill went over to the dark side and betrayed Eric's escape attempt.
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.
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In science:

Figure 1: In an epistemic state where Anne and Bill are uncertain about the truth of p (heads or tails), and wherein p is true, Anne looks at the coin without Bill noticing it.
Semantic results for ontic and epistemic change
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