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active duty

1. Current, full-time service in the military. My son is in the army, and I worry so much when he's on active duty.
2. By extension, full-time service in another area of life. I'm still on active duty until I retire at the end of the month.
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active shooter

A perpetrator (of a potential mass shooting) who is actively shooting at people, typically targeting victims in a crowded and confined space. If there is a report of an active shooter, police aim to respond within minutes. The police were quick to respond to the active shooter situation and disarm the attacker.
See also: active, shooter

on active duty

Serving in the military full time, especially being in or prepared to go into battle. My son is in the army, and I worry so much when he's on active duty. After being on active duty for so long, I don't feel fully comfortable being a civilian anymore.
See also: active, duty, on

on active duty

in battle or ready to go into battle. (Military.) The soldier was on active duty for ten months. That was a long time to be on active duty.
See also: active, duty, on

active duty

Full-time service, as in Julian is 81, but he still comes to the office every day and is very much on active duty . This term comes from the military, where it stands in opposition to reserve, which refers to troops still in the military but not actively engaged. It is occasionally transferred to civilian matters as well. [First half of 1800s]
See also: active, duty
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The researchers at Chinese Academy of Science observed tree shrews directly and their activeness while consuming chili peppers, despite the deep geographic isolation between the animal and the food.
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The President said the first results are already seen and that the civil society started showing activeness against corruption after the meeting of the Security Council.
'The holing of fair and transparent elections is the utmost onus of the election commission, however ECP has failed to perform its duties with letter and soul,' committee meeting declaration said adding that ECP has been showing unusual activeness in some cases and negligence in other cases that caused the damage for the PTI.
The North African country has all the major elements needed for business growth as there is a wide base of Internet users exceeding 49 million, which shows the volume of the targeted clients' base, in addition to activeness of users of social networks -- Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked " government shows activeness in unnecessary matters Why the steps are not taken on emergency basis when the matter of rights of poor employees come.
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" This voluntary move C* is intrinsic to Honda's pro- activeness as a responsible manufacturer, which will further enhance ownership experience and strengthen customer trust and confidence in the brand," HMSI added.
This has been seen primarily as the result of his activeness with respect to Bulgaria's long-delayed highway and road infrastructure projects.
They identified some messages as displaying positive feelings such as enthusiasm, delight, activeness and alertness.