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do porridge

To serve a prison sentence. Because porridge is inexpensive, it was commonly served in prisons. Primarily heard in UK. After doing porridge for the past five years, Mark is getting released from jail today.
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do ˈporridge

(British English, old-fashioned, informal) be in prison serving a sentence: He’s doing porridge again, this time for armed robbery.This comes from the fact that as porridge is a cheap food that makes the stomach feel full, it was often served in prisons.
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While it probably won't get the 15 million viewers of the original starring Ronnie Barker, his grandson doing porridge at Wakely Prison is again written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, and is the same warmhearted comedy that will have you chortling.
The request comes from cons doing porridge - which has 171 calories per bowl - at HMP Hull and follows complaints of stodgy "prison pies and cheap sausages".
So when Santa crash-lands in London and finds himself doing porridge in Steve's old prison, it's up to father and son, plus a few trusty reindeer, to break Santa out of jail and make sure he's in his sleigh in time to deliver presents on Christmas Eve.
As a former player who never pulled in that wage in a year it's hard to fathom how it could be possible but I've played with a host of team-mates who have ended up doing porridge.
He should be doing porridge, not making money from it.
It's not meant to be like Masterchef when you're doing porridge.
HARDENED criminals are reading Goldilocks while doing porridge.
Understandably, the loveable hick found doing porridge rather difficult, but not nearly as hard as Randy, who took a job as a prison warden as he couldn't bear to be away from his elder brother.
A spin-off, Going Straight, aired in 1978 but it lacked the pent-up frustration of life doing Porridge and lasted just a series.
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t e a w now s " By the time he was transferred to Thorn Cross open prison in Cheshire there was no animosity towards the striker who was doing porridge.
When Martin Clunes did the Reggie Perrin on TV he got so much stick, but this is a different thing doing Porridge for the stage.
Well you better check our insurance then - if that falls on to someone's head you'll be doing porridge not turkey next year," I declare dramatically.