king's-shilling

king's shilling

noun
(until 1879) a shilling given a recruit in the British army to bind his enlistment contract.
Also called, when a queen was sovereign, queen's shilling.
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king's shilling or (when the sovereign was female) queen's shilling
 
n
1.  (until 1879) a shilling paid to new recruits to the British army
2.  archaic (Brit) take the king's shilling to enlist in the army
 
queen's shilling or (when the sovereign was female) queen's shilling
 
n

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