take the King's (or Queen's) shilling

take the King's (or Queen's) shilling
take the King's (or Queen's) shilling
Brit.
enlist as a soldier. [with ref. to the former practice of paying a shilling to a new recruit.]

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  • take the King's shilling — ► take the King s (or Queen s) shilling Brit. enlist as a soldier. [ORIGIN: with reference to the former practice of paying a shilling to a new recruit.] Main Entry: ↑shilling …   English terms dictionary

  • take the Queen's shilling — ► take the King s (or Queen s) shilling Brit. enlist as a soldier. [ORIGIN: with reference to the former practice of paying a shilling to a new recruit.] Main Entry: ↑shilling …   English terms dictionary

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