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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.
See also: double, duty
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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.
And w Dow hard-w party just stea his Down to earth, working, hardpartying Harry was letting off steam before doing duty.
The DHO said action would be taken against any paramedical staff found not doing duty properly or received any complain from people.
The chipset doing duty on the new Galaxy Tab A 8.0 has not yet been specified.
The Harambee Stars squad for the African Cup of Nations has been named.Coach Sebastian Migne settled on a group that he himself thoroughly sampled both from the domestic league and foreign leagues which he believes is capable of doing duty for our beloved country.
The senator said the government uprooted more than 25,000 trees for launching the bus service and thus, harming environment and causing health problems for residents, especially police and traffic wardens doing duty in the field.
Ismail Mohammed suffered an injury early in the season and then Nam Tae-Hee got injured while doing duty for South Korea.
Al Sadd coach Ferreira said: "We did not have complete training sessions because of the absence of Qatar internationals and that affected us adversely even though I know that they were doing duty for the country, in an admirable manner.
That lesson was brought home very quickly when I was doing duty in a $300,000-plus house and a customer wearing overalls drove up in a rather used pickup truck with his dog in back.
Pte Stewart joined the KOSB (Territorials) in November, 1914, and after doing duty at home went to France in early 1917.