do (double) duty

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do (double) duty

1. To do two things simultaneously. It's sometimes tough to do double duty as an accountant and a mom, but we really needed a second income.
2. To be able to serve two functions. Don't worry, this space can do double duty as a guest room and an office.
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However, they were all carried up into a fresh airy room, and there Johnny came to himself, out of a sleep or a swoon or whatever it was, to find himself lying in a little quiet bed, with a little platform over his breast, on which were already arranged, to give him heart and urge him to cheer up, the Noah's ark, the noble steed, and the yellow bird; with the officer in the Guards doing duty over the whole, quite as much to the satisfaction of his country as if he had been upon Parade.
You don't seem to know that one of the worthiest men we have has been doing duty as chaplain here for years without pay, and that Mr.
But it seems queer--ever so queer--to see a boat doing duty as a private carriage.
Our friend Ernest raised himself on his tiptoes, in hopes to get a glimpse of the celebrated guest; but there was a mighty crowd about the tables anxious to hear the toasts and speeches, and to catch any word that might fall from the general in reply; and a volunteer company, doing duty as a guard, pricked ruthlessly with their bayonets at any particularly quiet person among the throng.
Bordering this path, in a broken, uneven line, are the villa residences of modern Aldborough -- fanciful little houses, standing mostly in their own gardens, and possessing here and there, as horticultural ornaments, staring figure- heads of ships doing duty for statues among the flowers.
22} This would be fair from Sicily, which was doing duty for Ithaca in the mind of the writer, but a North wind would have been preferable for a voyage from the real Ithaca to Pylos.
Al Duhail will miss the services of Almoez Ali, who is doing duty for Qatar at the Asian Under-23 Championship in China.
They alleged that health department was also not serious about their security during the campaign and they are feeling a sense of insecurity while doing duty in far-flung areas of Peshawar.
Meanwhile, Al Sadd players, with the exception of injured Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah and five Olympic team members who are doing duty for Qatar at the Asian Under-23 Championship in China, continued their preparations ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 12 game against Al Markhiya on January 13.
Waris Khan SHO said both the private security guards belonged to Gujar Khan and had been doing duty at the hotel for the last six months.
According to Online, senior member of Islamabad Bar Council told that the bar picket of paramilitary force situated near Anwar Shah block was built by district administration and they pledged to furnish it along with installation of fan for security men but no promised has been fulfilled yet and security men were doing duty in a dilapidated condition to earn bread and butter for their family.
Another advantage is that he will get extra leave for doing duty on Eid days so he has more time to spent with his parents and family later.
Substitute goalkeeper Akash Chitke has been doing duty even as coach Roelant Oltmans has not asked for a replacement.
As per details, Rafiullah was doing duty in Alinga area of tehsil Safi when road side bomb blast happened and he was died on the spot.
As if giving the police a permission to kill criminals, he said: 'Do your duty and if in the process you kill 1,000 persons because you were doing duty and I will protect you.