as a token

as a token

As a gift signifying something. Take this bottle of wine as a token of my gratitude. The headmaster gave us each a plaque, as a token of her appreciation.
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as a token (of something)

symbolic of something, especially of gratitude; as a memento of something. He gave me a rose as a token of his esteem. Here, take this gift as a token of my appreciation.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
However, on the third night the soldier carried away one of the golden cups as a token of where he had been.