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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.
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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.
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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.
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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]
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Further, as a consequence of consumers having greater awareness of the efficacy of certain actives, there's greater use of actives and their proven market cachet in hair care, male grooming products, slimming and sun protection.
While anti-aging actives represent by far the most important functionality hair care actives--predominantly proteins and their hydrolyzates--follow with sales accounting for 15.7% of the total US and 9.1% of European market.
This is borne out by biotech active ingredients enjoying a similarly healthy growth rate to substantiated botanical actives, noted Matic.
In maturing markets such as Western Europe and the US, impelled by the ever more engaged and informed consumer, personal care product marketers have two potent engines to drive innovation and reinvigorate growth: specialty actives and naturals--and ultimately a potent combination of both, concluded Matic.
* Active ingredients in personal care formulations also activate sales, according to Kline & Company, Parsippany, NJ.
The purchase of Blass Employment Corporation, based in Manhattan, New York, further increases Active Staffing Service's share of the Industrial segment and is the second acquisition made in the past year.
"A relationship was formed to help Active extend its presence in the New York and New Jersey markets," commented John V.
Active will leverage Blass's long-term business relationships providing top quality light Industrial (skilled and unskilled) labor to the New York & New Jersey markets.
Blass Employment Corporation, will continue to operate under the Active Staffing Services banner, and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Active Staffing Services.
Active Staffing Services is a leading provider of temporary staffing for New York City.