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do time

slang To serve a prison sentence. Did you hear that Rick's an ex-con? He did time back in the '70s. If you keep stealing things, you might ending up doing time one day.
See also: time
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
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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
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Indeed, it is the only place in prison where the basic condition of imprisonment doesn't apply: Everyone else in the penitentiary is doing time, but nobody on the row does time. In the regular blocks, you take college courses, you find God, you get people outside who say they'll give you a job forever, and it all helps when you come up before the Board; on the row, you never come up before the Board, so none of that stuff means anything at all.