serve time

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've 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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do/serve ˈtime

(informal) be in prison: He had done time for robbing a bank.Two of the gang are serving time for murder.
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Geraghty has a couple of other interesting rides at the meeting, including Serve Time in the Kinnegad Beginners Chase (7.
Showers has a catalogue of previous offences that has already seen him serve time in prisons on the continent.
The 25-year-old Jason not only was previously forbidden by a judge from harassing his mother and father because he had vandalized his mother's property and beat his father, he had also been charged with vehicle theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, drunk driving, and failure to serve time in jail.
VENTURA - After apologizing to the victim, two 16-year-olds convicted of beating an African-American newspaper vendor in Simi Valley were sentenced Wednesday to serve time in juvenile hall.
On June 27, the Supreme Court refused to hear Miller and Cooper's appeal meaning they will most likely serve time in jail for refusing to reveal their confidential sources.
Before they decide to run and risk lives, they need to know that they will serve time for fleeing.
LANCASTER - A Rialto teen-ager convicted in a home-invasion robbery has been sentenced to serve time in a California Youth Authority facility.
If convicted of the criminal charges, Kreutzer could be ordered to serve time in prison consecutively or concurrently with his federal sentence, U.
Of course, in some instances inmates do not want to serve time in their home country and they cannot be forced to go.
The commission may sentence the boy to serve time in a California Youth Authority or Camp Community Placement facility - both locked detention centers - or an unsecured facility.
Sylmar Juvenile Court Judge Morton Rochman rejected prosecutors' pleas that Jordan Lampos serve time in a juvenile detention facility and that his driver's license remain suspended.
When a court orders young female offenders to serve time at Camp Joe Scott, the staff is ready to help each new cadet socially, emotionally and academically once she sets foot on the facility.
Braun said he believes his client will serve time behind bars, but that will be decided by Sheriff's Department officials when he reports to jail.
unless - and it's a big unless - you return to Malaysia and serve time in a sinkhole jail.
LANCASTER - A 16-year-old Lancaster boy convicted of voluntary manslaughter for shooting to death his mother's boyfriend was sentenced Thursday to serve time in the California Youth Authority.