Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


2.Your word is as good as the bank, sir.
Holcroft.—The Road to Ruin, Act I. Scene 1.

I’ll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath;
Who shuns not to break one, will sure crack both.
Shakespeare.—Pericles, Act I. Scene 2. (The Prince to Helicanus.)

1.I will not indeed pledge you, like a wicked man, by an oath. 2.You would gain nothing farther at least than by my word.
Buckley’s Sophocles, Œdipus Coloneus, Page 77.

So soon as the man overtook me, he was but a word and a blow; for down he knocked me, and laid me for dead.
Bunyan.—Pilgrim’s Progress, Part I.

And but one word with one of us? Couple it with something. Make it a word and a blow.
Shakespeare.—Romeo and Juliet, Act III. Scene 1. (Mercutio to Tybalt.)

I’ll take the ghost’s word for a thousand pounds.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act III. Scene 2. (To Horatio.)