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See also: 折箭为誓
to make a solemn pledgebecause of; for; tobecause of; for; to; act as; take...to be; to be; to do; to serve as; to becomeoath; vow; to swearoath; vow; to swear; to pledge trad. (折箭為誓) 折箭 為 誓 simp. (折箭为誓) 折箭 为 誓 Literally: “to break an arrow as a promise”.
The implication was that if one broke one's promise, one's fate would be similar to that of the arrow's.