One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Hold office for the normal period.‘every sergeant had served his time as a constable’
- ‘If he really served his time in the National Guard during the Vietnam War, he could easily prove it.’
- ‘If he is not in death row and he's serving out his time in a maximum-security prison, he will be afforded special treatment, if you will.’
- ‘These individuals, after they serve their time in the states, will be deported, and one of our goals is to make sure that when they're deported, they don't come back.’
- ‘There are new questions about the military's policy for calling up troops who have already served their time.’
- ‘He was appointed to the post of county manager after serving his time as county engineer in Donegal.’
- 1.1 Spend time in office, in an apprenticeship, or in prison.‘he is serving time in Swansea Prison’
- ‘He says he robbed banks and served time in prison.’
- ‘They finally tracked him down to an English prison where he was serving time for a similar crime but under a false name.’
- ‘They were sentenced to 15 months, but given a suspended sentence, which means they didn't have to serve time in prison.’
- ‘Most of the former soldiers have already served time in Soviet prisons for war crimes.’
- ‘You will never see me on the front lines - I am in complete moral opposition to war, and would rather serve time in prison than spend time with a rifle.’
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