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 Worcester College (Oxford),Word (The). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
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A man of his word. One whose word may be depended on; trustworthy.   1
   As good as his word. In French, “Un homme de parole.” One who keeps his word.   2
   By word of mouth. Orally. As “he took it down by word of mouth” (as it was spoken by the speaker).   3
   I take you at your word. In French, “Je vous prend au mot.” I will act in reliance of what you tell me.   4
   Pray, make no words about it. In French, “N’en dites mot.” Don’t mention it; make no fuss about it.   5
   Speak a good word for me. In French, “Dites un mot en ma faveur.   6
   To pass one’s word. In French, Donner sa parole.” To promise to do something required.   7
   Upon my word. Assuredly; by my troth.   8
        “Upon my word, you answer … discreetly.”—Jane Austen.
   Upon my word and honour! A strong affirmation of the speaker as to the truth of what he has asserted.   9
 


 Worcester College (Oxford),Word (The). 

 
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