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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
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Sometimes she took the cloth right along with the spot, but she had a sure hand, mother had!
The officer followed Davitt to find out who would receive the stolen goods and within a short time, Davitt sold the cloth to a second-hand shop owner, who promptly took the cloth to a nearby pub and sold it to the landlord, who then sold the bundle of cloth to a tea salesman.
The scavengers took the cloth, scuttled the corpses with the ship, and promptly died.