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    Take the king's coin and off fighting

    Hi

    Can you help me to understand the meaning of the two phrase below :

    First:

    He's off fighting the rebels in Menāt now.

    I want to know the meaning of "off fighting".

    Second:
    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

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    Re: Take the king's coin and off fighting

    '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 14:27. Reason: Typo

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