serve (one's) time

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serve (one's) time

To spend the amount of time in jail as required by one's prison sentence. After serving his time, the assailant will be deported back to his home country. There's no need to harass him; he served his time and paid his debt to society.
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serve time

To spend time in jail as part of a prison sentence. The CEO is now serving time for his role in defrauding thousands of customers. No way am I getting involved with your scheme. I have no interest in serving time again.
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serve time

to spend a certain amount of time in jail. The criminal served ten years in jail. After the felon served his time, he was released from prison.
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serve time

Undergo a prison sentence; also, work at a particular task, especially an undesirable one. For example, We couldn't hire him when we learned that he had served time for robbery, or I applied for a transfer after serving time in that chaotic department. [Late 1800s]
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serve your time

1 hold office for the normal period. 2 spend time in office, an apprenticeship, or prison.
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References in classic literature ?
This time Jurgis was bound for the "Bridewell," a petty jail where Cook County prisoners serve their time.
Someone's done a crime, they serve their time and when they come out, they shouldn't be punished for the rest of their lives.
Governments talk tough on law and order but when it comes to making offenders serve their time they revert to the soft option.
SANTA CLARITA - If minors break the law here, Councilman Frank Ferry wants to make sure they serve their time within city limits.
I find solace in knowing that they will all serve their time in hell.
The reason behind the creative sentencing is that if someone pleads to 12 years or more, it eliminates some of the softer facilities they can serve their time in,'' Campbell said.
Not only does it centralize the 561 sex offenders and give them a safer place to serve their time, but it also frees up beds in other parts of the facility recently forced to house inmates from the Century Regional Detention Facility that closed.
The 300-square-foot business center, located off the main juror assembly room, was created in response to a call by state Chief Justice Ronald George to show greater appreciation of those who serve their time as jurors.
Once cadets serve their time, they are given a furlough and are assigned a probation officer.