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take the cloth

To become a member of the clergy, typically a priest. Fewer young men are taking the cloth these days.
See also: cloth, take
References in classic literature ?
They pretended they were taking the cloth from the loom, cut with huge scissors in the air, sewed with needles without thread, and then said at last, 'Now the clothes are finished
ROBBIE Williams may be a man of many talents - but he didn't let on he was taking the cloth.
ROBBIE Williams is a man of many talents - but he didn't let on he was taking the cloth.