The Anglo-Saxon cyng, cyning, from cyn a nation or
people, and the termination —ing, meaning “of,” as “son of,” “chief of,” etc. In Anglo-Saxon times the king was elected on the
Witena-gemòt, and was therefore the choice of the nation.
The factory king.
Richard Oastler, of Bradford, the successful advocate of the “Ten
Hours' Bill” (1789-1861).
(the gallant king), Victor Emmanuel of Italy (1820-1878)
A king should die standing. So said Louis XVIII. of France, in
imitation of Vespasian, Emperor of Rome. (See Dying Sayings Louis XVIII.)
Like a king. When Porus, the Indian prince, was taken prisoner,
Alexander asked him how he expected to be treated. “Like a king,” he
replied; and Alexander made him his friend.
Pray aid of the king.
When someone, under the belief that he has a right to the land,
claims rent of the king's tenants, they appeal to the sovereign, or
“pray aid of the king.”
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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