But that very first day at the hospital he had made a pledge to his wife.
Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC), who signed a pledge to repeal health care last year, likely will follow.
Another 110 have signed a pledge to never cut Social Security benefits.
Does he really have the money to pledge, or is he just promising to donate money he no longer controls for PR purposes?
To remedy the “great crisis” in the institution of marriage, the pledge demands a number of steps.
Certainly we have no pledge of special immunity from Divine Powers.
They forced Charles by an address to withdraw his pledge of toleration.
In the midst of his anger he had remembered his pledge to her, and had kept it.
The Archbishop elevates the Cross, they kneel and pledge their faith.
I pledge you my word that in Lyons he was born, where Licinus was king so many years.
mid-14c., "surety, bail," from Old French plege (Modern French pleige) "hostage, security, bail," probably from Frankish *plegan "to guarantee," from *pleg-, a West Germanic root meaning "have responsibility for" (cf. Old Saxon plegan "vouch for," Middle Dutch plien "to answer for, guarantee," Old High German pflegan "to care for, be accustomed to," Old English pleon "to risk the loss of, expose to danger;" see plight (v.)).
Meaning "allegiance vow attested by drinking with another" is from 1630s. Sense of "solemn promise" first recorded 1814, though this notion is from 16c. in the verb. Weekley notes the "curious contradiction" in pledge (v.) "to toast with a drink" (1540s) and pledge (n.) "the vow to abstain from drinking" (1833). Meaning "student who has agreed to join a fraternity or sorority" dates from 1901.
c.1400, "to promise" (something to someone), "to give over as security for repayment," also "promise faith to," from pledge (n.) and from Old French plegier, from plege (n.). From mid-15c. as "to stand surety for, be responsible for;" late 15c. as "to mortgage." Meaning "put (someone) under oath" is from 1570s; sense of "to solemnly promise or guarantee" is from 1590s, as is sense "to drink a toast." Related: Pledged; pledging.
A student who has agreed to join a certain college fraternity or sorority (1901+ Students)
: Without a second thought MacCrimmon pledged Xi Phi