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sign the pledge

To take an oath to abstain from drinking alcohol forever. My father was a monster to me and my brothers until he signed the pledge in the late '90s. I noticed Janet drinking 7-Up all night. She either signed the pledge, or she's pregnant.
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take the pledge

To take an oath to abstain from drinking alcohol forever. My father was a monster to me and my brothers until he took the pledge about 10 years ago. I noticed Janet drinking 7-Up all night at the party. She's either taken the pledge, or she's pregnant.
See also: pledge, take

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, go, 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.
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sign (or take) the pledge

make a solemn undertaking to abstain from alcohol.
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sign/take the ˈpledge

(old-fashioned) promise never to drink alcohol: He hasn’t been much fun since he took the pledge.In the nineteenth century there were anti-drinking campaigns, when people were encouraged to sign a promise (= a pledge) never to drink alcohol.
See also: pledge, sign, take

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
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NGOs met in Kuwait to provide aid for some 12.5 million Syrian people, who are either internally displaced or refugees in five neighboring countries - Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon - pledging USD 506 million.
The kind of pledges taken have been encouraging, right from parents pledging to quit smoking to people pledging to walk every day," Alisha Moopen, Director of Corporate Strategies at Aster DM Healthcare, said.
Today, pledging allegiance to "one nation under God" is incongruent with the pluralism that sets the United States apart from its most fearsome foreign threats, which come from groups with an excess of religious zeal.
Although the procedures relating to pledging of securities prescribed by the Qatar Central Securities Depository ("QCSD") Rules of Dealing do not differentiate between shares and bonds, there are legal and practical differences in pledging bonds under Qatari Law 22 of 2004 ("Civil Code").
WASHINGTON, March 16 (KUNA) -- The US on Monday called on donor nations from The Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, held in Kuwait in January 2014, to act on their pledges and provide the necessary funding.
At present the Commercial Companies Law does not provide a mechanism for pledging the shares of a limited liability company in the UAE, and there is accordingly no official register on which to record the pledge of shares to perfect such security.