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bloody oath

interjection, slang Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand.
1. Absolutely; definitely. Used to add emphasis to an affirmative statement or response. A: "Are you going to bring the issue up with him?" B: "Bloody oath I am!" Bloody oath I'm going to the concert! I wouldn't miss it for anything!
2. Used to express an intense emotional reaction, especially excitement or enthusiasm. Bloody oath, Jenny, these cakes are delicious! The newest film in the franchise comes out tomorrow, and, bloody oath, I can't wait!
See also: bloody, oath

my bloody oath

interjection, slang Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand.
1. Absolutely; definitely. Used to add emphasis to an affirmative statement or response. A: "Are you going to bring the issue up with him?" B: "My bloody oath I am!" My bloody oath I'm going to the concert! I wouldn't miss it for anything!
2. Used to express an intense emotional reaction, especially excitement or enthusiasm. My bloody oath, Jenny, these cakes are delicious! The newest film in the franchise comes out tomorrow, and, my bloody oath, I can't wait!
See also: bloody, oath

on oath

Bound by a formal promise to tell the complete and honest truth about an event while on the witness stand in a trial. You are on oath as a witness in this trial, so you must answer my questions completely truthfully! Consider your answer carefully—you're still on oath.
See also: oath, on

take an oath

To make a formal, binding promise (to do something). You took an oath when you agreed to be a witness in this trial, so you must answer my questions completely truthfully! We all took oaths to keep this a secret until the day we die.
See also: oath, take

under oath

Bound by a formal promise to tell the complete and honest truth about an event while on the witness stand in a trial. You are under oath as a witness in this trial, so you must answer my questions completely truthfully! Consider your answer carefully—you're still under oath.
See also: oath
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

take an oath

to make an oath; to swear to something. You must take an oath that you will never tell anyone about this. When I was a witness in court, I had to take an oath that I would tell the truth.
See also: oath, take

under oath

Fig. bound by an oath; having taken an oath. You must tell the truth because you are under oath. I was placed under oath before I could testify in the trial.
See also: oath
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on/under ˈoath

(law) having made a formal promise to tell the truth in a court of law: Is she prepared to give evidence on oath?The judge reminded the witness that he was still under oath.
See also: oath, on
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

take an oath

To agree to a pledge of truthfulness or faithful performance.
See also: oath, take

under oath

Under a burden or responsibility to speak truthfully or perform an action faithfully.
See also: oath
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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First, I provide an overview of the definitions and premises of oaths, with particular focus on the use of oaths in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England.
A 1965 article in The Advocate states that "[c]olourful rituals ought not to come as a surprise since the Oaths Act 1888 gives wide scope allowing witnesses to take the Oath in any form and with such rites as bind their own conscience."
For oaths are bloody indeed--in their presuppositions, as in their vanishing.