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swear on a stack of bibles

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swear on a stack of Bibles

verb phrase

To affirm with absolute confidence and considerable vehemence: Don called all those short-term signals for Joe. I'd swear to that on a stack of Bibles (1866+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with swear on a stack of bibles
Promise solemnly that what one is about to say is true, as in I swear on a stack of Bibles that I had nothing to do with his dropping out. This term alludes to the practice of placing one's hand on a sacred object while taking an oath, which dates from the mid-10th century. It is still followed in courts of law where a witness being sworn to tell the truth places a hand on the Bible. [ Mid-1800s ]
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