One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bill of indictment found by a grand jury to be supported by sufficient evidence to justify the hearing of a case.
- ‘At the assizes in July 1754, the jury found a true bill against William Arundel, a tailor of York, ‘for traitorously and seditiously taking down from Micklegate Bar the heads of two rebels there affixed’.’
- ‘A grand jury that heard some 50 witnesses, including me, returned a verdict of ‘no true bill,’ exonerating the officers.’
- ‘At least twelve of the jurymen had to find a true bill to present a defendant to further trial.’
- ‘On February 23, 1994, they returned a verdict of ‘no true bill.’’
- ‘Though arrested, she never faced trial as the grand jury did not find a true bill against her, presumably on the ground that she had behaved as an automaton.’
true bill/tro͞o bil/
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