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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.
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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.
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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]
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do/serve ˈtime

(informal) be in prison: He had done time for robbing a bank.Two of the gang are serving time for murder.
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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.
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Have you searched for hidden treasure, or discovered a pole, or done time on a pirate, or flown the Channel, or what?
Prof Noshad informed that the process of appointment on deceased employees quota is being done time to time and the appointments on disabled Quota is in process.
The man, who is known to police and had done time in jail in the past, was arrested at around 3.
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Deirdre, Tracy and Rob have all done time so hopefully they will be able to persuade him that this would be a very, very bad idea if he's at all concerned for Peter's welfare.
But he had a bad reputation he'd done time in a feline jail, his body was covered in scars and a dog bit off half his tail.
Grave Danger's drummer, Dave Kains, has also done time in some great bands: Odds and Sods currently, Thee Oh Nos, and others.
Our spinners will play a key role as they've done time and time against in the last two years," The Express Tribune quoted Qasim, as saying.
John James, 56, who had already done time for stealing client money, blew the cash but did not buy homes or cars that could be confiscated.
He had previously done time after being caught with a gun and explosives in 1971.
The Newcastle midfielder, who has done time, was pulled over by police last September.
But as he has done time and time again, Woods bailed himself out with a clutch shot when he needed it most.
It's good to have those opportunities to watch those guys get it done time after time like they did last year because they set a good example.
The snooker millionaire's mum has also done time - she got six months over a pounds 100,000 tax cheat.
The archives were cold, dark, and open only sporadically (a situation that will be familiar to many readers who have done time in smaller European archives, or even some larger ones).