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do time

slang To serve a prison sentence. Did you hear that Rick's a reformed criminal? He even did time back in the '70s. If you keep stealing things, you might ending up doing time one day.
See also: time

do time

Sl. to serve a sentence in prison; to serve a specific amount of time in prison. Lefty had done time on a number of occasions. You'd better talk and talk fast if you don't want to do time.
See also: time

do time

Serve a prison sentence, as in Many of the gang members did time while they were still teenagers. This expression originated as underworld slang and is now standard usage. [c. 1860]
See also: time

do/serve ˈtime

(informal) be in prison: He had done time for robbing a bank.Two of the gang are serving time for murder.
See also: serve, time

do time

tv. to serve a sentence in prison; to serve a specific amount of time in prison. (see also hard time.) You’d better talk and talk fast if you don’t want to do time.
See also: time