king's shilling

noun

Definition of king's shilling

: a shilling whose acceptance by a recruit from a recruiting officer constituted until 1879 a binding enlistment in the British army used when the British monarch is a king he's taken the king's shilling

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“King's shilling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/king%27s%20shilling. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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