pledge


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go back on one's word

 and go back on one's promise; go back on one's pledge
to break a promise that one has made. I hate to go back on my word, but I won't pay you $100 afterall. Going back on your promise makes you a liar.
See also: back, on, word

pledge something

to someone to promise something to someone. I pledged one hundred dollars to Ralph for his cause. We pledged a lot of money to our favorite charity.

take the pledge

Fig. to promise to abstain from drinking alcohol. I'm not ready to take the pledge yet, but I will cut down. My aunt tried to get me to take the pledge.
See also: pledge, take

sign/take the pledge

  (humorous)
to decide that you are never going to drink alcohol again Why are you drinking Coke? Have you signed the pledge or something?
See also: pledge, sign

take the pledge

tv. to promise to abstain from alcohol. I’m not ready to take the pledge yet, but I will cut down.
See also: pledge, take
References in classic literature ?
our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support.
Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversaries, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace; before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.
Captain Bonneville felt somewhat uneasy under the responsibility of this magnanimous but costly appellation; and began to fear he might be involved in a second interchange of pledges of friendship.
But-- the thought passed through her mind more than once, though she could not believe in it--might he not mean to demand something more from her than she had been able to imagine, since he wanted her pledge to carry out his wishes without telling her exactly what they were?
So much the more weight shall I attach to the pledge I require from you, when it is unreservedly given.
Here he raised his hand several times, with the palm outwards, and made several of those other signs, which are construed into a pledge of amicable intentions among the inhabitants of those regions.
With this silent pledge, he assisted the wounded man to mount.
She is as rich as a Jew, she can give you five thousand roubles at a time and she is not above taking a pledge for a rouble.
And he began describing how spiteful and uncertain she was, how if you were only a day late with your interest the pledge was lost; how she gave a quarter of the value of an article and took five and even seven percent a month on it and so on.
This pledge was, however, only a smoothly planed piece of wood the size and thickness of a silver cigarette case.
Yet it were great reason that those that have children, should have greatest care of future times; unto which they know they must transmit their dearest pledges.
Though her countenance did not denote much natural sweetness of temper, yet this was, perhaps, somewhat soured by a circumstance which generally poisons matrimonial felicity; for children are rightly called the pledges of love; and her husband, though they had been married nine years, had given her no such pledges; a default for which he had no excuse, either from age or health, being not yet thirty years old, and what they call a jolly brisk young man.
Blake, and pledges herself, on the first occasion when sickness may lay him low, to offer him the use of her Extracts for the second time.
solemnly pledges herself to send back the complete series of her Extracts to Mr.
Else all pledges might be broken, when there was no outward penalty.