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Surrender at discretion

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Surrender at discretion to surrender unconditionally, that is, to another's discretion
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from L. discretion-em, discernĕre, -crētum.

Usage

In literature:

They surrendered at the discretion of Sad, who passed a bloody judgment against them.
"A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihád'" by Moulavi Gerágh Ali
Their enthusiasm leaked out, life seemed far preferable to death, and they surrendered at discretion.
"In Honour's Cause" by George Manville Fenn
I surrender at discretion on first sight.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866" by Various
I'll hail them and advise them to surrender at discretion.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston
Twelve hundred, it is said, laid down their arms and surrendered at discretion.
"Hunted and Harried" by R.M. Ballantyne
So they surrendered at discretion and signed for the bonds.
"Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls" by Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)
Cervellon defended the fort till he had but a handful of men, and finally surrendered at discretion.
"The Story of the Barbary Corsairs" by Stanley Lane-Poole
Meanwhile Jack Morgan was compelled, by superior force, to surrender at discretion.
"Slow and Sure" by Horatio Alger
To surrender at discretion, implies an unconditional yielding to the mercy of the conquerors.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I'm no general or she surrenders at discretion.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851" by Various
The next day the town surrendered at discretion.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
If the hearts of the ladies had surrendered at discretion, faith!
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
The garrison at length were induced to offer terms, but Henry for some time insisted on their surrendering at discretion.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
As to the rest, surrender at discretion in twenty-four hours, or death, these are our conditions.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Rather than keep up the fight, with no rent coming in, the landlords surrendered at discretion.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
He surrenders at discretion.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Stop the import of food into England for three months and we shall be obliged to surrender at discretion.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
I put in a decided negative; he looked from Mrs Leicester's anxious face to Flora's, and surrendered at discretion.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 363, January, 1846" by Various
The numbers of the besieged were daily decreasing, until at length they came to an open resolution of surrendering at discretion.
"Gomez Arias" by Joaquín Telesforo de Trueba y Cosío
The enemy has demanded surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison is to be put to the sword, if taken.
"Remember the Alamo" by R. R. Fehrenbach
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