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king's shilling

noun
1.
(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

noun
1.
(until 1879) a shilling paid to new recruits to the British army
2.
(Brit, archaic) take the king's shilling, to enlist in the army
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