One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shilling formerly given to a recruit when enlisting in the army during the reign of a king.
- ‘They blabbed about their time in the desert, became zillionaires and ruined it for everyone who fancied earning a bit more than the king's shilling.’
- ‘Having stood for pre-selection and having been elected as a member of the Howard Government, the member for Kooyong has indeed taken the king's shilling.’
- ‘The king's shilling is not what it used to be.’
- ‘‘With the king's shillings come the king's shackles,’ Mr Land told an interviewer at the weekend.’
- ‘Honor was permanently surrendered for the king's shilling as otherwise decent men chose to become informers.’
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