To gird on

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To gird on to put on; to fasten around or to one securely, like a girdle; as, to gird on armor or a sword.
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Usage

In literature:

I ask you that you will force them to restore my swords Colada and Tizona that I girded on them when they bore my children from Valencia.
"The Red Romance Book" by Various
It is necessary on the contrary to gird ourselves, to intrench ourselves.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various
To the peaceful Provincials, if they could indeed gird on the sword, or to the old companions in arms of the Romans?
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
STANTON, HENRY B., on condition of country, urges A. to gird on armor, 226.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
The struggle on the Continent was at an end; but they resolved to gird it with a chain of fire.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, No. 359, September 1845" by Various
They had girded on the sword, and went to seek distinction in the ranks of war, and on the field of battle.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
If you have nothing but your legs, gird up your loins, and on to Jerusalem!
"The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman" by Eugène Sue
His tall, muscular figure seemed created to wear a uniform and to gird on a sword.
"Saint Michael" by E. Werner
Each of them girded on a sword, to defend themselves against the perils of the way.
"A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
All through the charm of such talk Virginia's inner self, the sentinel conscience which ruled her, was helping her to gird on her armour.
"The Daughter Pays" by Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
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In poetry:

Now make thy glory known,
Gird on thy dreadful sword,
And ride in majesty to spread
The conquests of thy word.
"Psalm 45" by Isaac Watts
I come to wake thee; haste, arise,
Or thou no share with me can find;
Thy sandals seize, gird on thy clothes,
Or I must leave thee here behind.
"The Call" by Jones Very
My groans, and tears, and forms of woe
Are turned to joy and praises now;
I throw my sackcloth on the ground,
And ease and gladness gird me round
"Psalm 30 part 2" by Isaac Watts
When Johnnie Bull pledges his word,
To keep it he'll gird on his sword,
While allies and sons
Will shoulder their guns;
The prince, and the peasant, and lord.
"The Allied Forces" by Abner Cosens
-- It is well. I discern a tear on thy cheek:
It is well,-- thou art humbled, and silent, and meek:
Now,-- courage again! and, with peril to cope,
Gird thee with vigour, and helm thee with hope!
"Forty" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
The true life
Of virtue, is not lost to men below,
Though smitten by the frost of death it fall,--
Its quickening memory survives, to gird
On in the heavenward race, and gently guide
Where the high plaudit of the Judge is won.
"Mr. Norman Burr," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney

In news:

Gerald E Connolly (D-Va.) kicked off the annual gathering of the National Treasury Employees Union on Tuesday with a call to federal workers to "gird yourself for battle" against Republican-led attacks on their ranks.
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