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Can you help me to understand the meaning of the two phrase below :
He's off fighting the rebels in Menāt now.
I want to know the meaning of "off fighting".
Their oldest son took the king's coin early this summer.
I want to know the meaning of "take the king's coin".
These two sentence are connected.
Thanks for your help
'Off' means away, in another part of the country or abroad.
Take the king's coin' is a variant of the BrE 'take the king's shilling' which meant you agreed to fight for the king in return for money, i.e., you joined the army.
Last edited by Tdol; 25-Jan-2016 at 13:27. Reason: Typo