A man of his word. One whose word may be depended on;
As good as his word. In French,
“Un homme de parole. ” One who keeps
his word. By word of mouth. Orally. As “he
took it down by word of mouth” (as it was spoken by the
speaker). I take you at your word. In French,
“Je vous prend au mot. ” I will act
in reliance of what you tell me. Pray, make no words about
it. In French, “N'en dites mot.
” Don't mention it; make no fuss about it. Speak a
good word for me. In French, “Dites un mot
en ma faveur. ”
To pass one's word. In French,
“Donner sa parole. ” To promise to
do something required. Upon my word. Assuredly;
by my troth.
“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.
(The). The second person of the
Christian Trinity. (John i. 1.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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