queen-shilling

queen's shilling


Origin:
1875–80

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queen's shilling or (when the sovereign was male) king's shilling
 
n
1.  (until 1879) a shilling paid to new recruits to the British army
2.  archaic (Brit) take the queen's shilling to enlist in the army
 
king's shilling or (when the sovereign was male) king's shilling
 
n

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