earnest pledge

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Have you broken it yet, that solemnly-made earnest pledge to lose weight, quit smoking, or be more active that seemed like a piece of cake on New Year's Eve?
Furthermore, if Force 9 Energy's seemingly earnest pledge of pounds 27,000 per annum for the local community near their Barmoor proposal in North Northumberland is real, such inducements are awfully difficult for local people to refuse.
Yet, even as Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares to visit Manila and shower his hosts with shiny gifts and earnest pledges of peace next month, the Philippine-US alliance looms large in the background.