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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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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.
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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.
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take the pledge

tv. to promise to abstain from alcohol. I’m not ready to take the pledge yet, but I will cut down.
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References in classic literature ?
solemnly pledges herself to send back the complete series of her Extracts to Mr.
With this silent pledge, he assisted the wounded man to mount.
Could my weak warrant add security to the inestimable pledge of this holy pilgrim, I would pledge name and fame that Ivanhoe gives this proud knight the meeting he desires.
Lady,'' said Cedric, ``this beseems not; were further pledge necessary, I myself, offended, and justly offended, as I am, would yet gage my honour for the honour of Ivanhoe.
To our sister republics south of our border: we offer a special pledge.
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.
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
I desire with my whole soul to do what will comfort you; but I cannot give any pledge suddenly-- still less a pledge to do I know not what.
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?
The Fox, seeing imminent danger, approached the Lion and promised to contrive for him the capture of the Ass if the Lion would pledge his word not to harm the Fox.
Madam," said the Superb High Chairman, "we have no objection to visitors if they will pledge themselves not to publish anything they hear.
Yet he has related the incident herein set down to at least one person without exacting a pledge of secrecy.
Vengeance will we use, and insult, against all who are not like us"--thus do the tarantula-hearts pledge themselves.
Here, without doubt, is the reason why the Countess has hesitated to pledge her word directly.
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.