(one's) word (of honor)

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(one's) word (of honor)

One's sincere promise or vow (about or to do something). I will be in that court to stand by your side during the trail—I give you my word of honor. After the president broke his word about lowering taxes for middle-class earners, I vowed never to vote for him again.
See also: word


1. A message from someone or something. I just got word that Diana landed in New York.
2. slang An expression of affirmation. A: "That concert was amazing!" B: "Word."
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*word (from someone or something)

messages or communication from someone or something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; hear ~; receive ~.) We have just received word from Perry that the contract has been signed.

someone's word of honor

someone's trustworthy pledge or promise. He gave me his word of honor that he would bring the car back by noon today.
See also: honor, of, word
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

word of honor

A pledge of one's good faith, as in On his word of honor he assured us that he was telling the truth. [Early 1800s]
See also: honor, of, word
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

your, his, etc. ˌword of ˈhonour

(British English) (American English your, his, etc. ˌword of ˈhonor) used to refer to somebody’s sincere promise: He gave me his word of honour that he’d never drink again.
See also: honour, of, word
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1. and Word up. interj. Correct.; Right. I hear you, man. Word.
2. interj. Hello. (see also What’s the (good) word?.) Word. What’s new? A: Word. B: Word.
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References in classic literature ?
I give you my word of honor," said Napoleon, forgetting that his word of honor could carry no weight- "I give you my word of honor that I have five hundred and thirty thousand men this side of the Vistula.
But he had begun talking, and the more he talked the less could he control his words.
His face was still smooth and expressionless, but there was a queer sort of meaning in his words.
"Those were his words, but as he said them he made their meaning clear by going over to the bell, and waiting with his finger ready to ring for whatever assistance or protection I desired.
in his word when he worketh mightily by the same in the hearts of the hearers" (Answer, 11).
I hadn't really thought about it until I saw his word corrected to His Word on a writing competency test at a publicly funded university.
He may have come to bring a sword, but his word to us yesterday, today, and forever is "Peace be with you." His word is: "As God has sent me, so I send you."
Then Yahweh will establish his word which he spoke concerning me, "If your sons take heed to their way by walking before me in fidelity with all their heart and with all their inmost being, there will never cease to be a successor of yours on the throne of Israel."
Moreover, the willingness of much of Scripture to submit to and even to demand an allegorical reading demonstrates for Erasmus that allegory is a primary means through which God accommodates the Word to our limited understanding, just as his Son (also his Word) accommodated himself to our need for salvation.
There are many things that Archbishop Cranmer didn't do or get quite right, but the writing of collects was one of the ways the Spirit worked through him, and that one, which says that God has given us through our understanding and our reception of his word more things that we can imagine or desire, opens up the whole panoply of expectation through our faithful attention to the word that God has given us to say.
Using glue and an old math notebook, he cut a pasted all his words into a dictionary, which he still could not read.
By watching what Christ does we learn how to act humanly; by listening to his words we learn how to think humanly.
His words, however, go beyond simply corporate wrongdoing, and can apply to broad aspects of our culture and society, of which corporate greed is cruelly symptomatic.
Although John lacks the experience to translate the engine's secrets, what his words express is the guess that always begins the hermeneutical endeavor for Ricoeur.
Pronouncing his words distinctly and carefully, an English-speaking participant in the demonstration talked into a headset-mounted microphone connected to Carnegie Mellon's JANUS system.