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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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Being sent to jail had apparently not disturbed his cheerfulness; he had "done time" twice before, it seemed, and he took it all with a frolic welcome.
Have you searched for hidden treasure, or discovered a pole, or done time on a pirate, or flown the Channel, or what?
So far from discerning the desperate criminal who has "done time" once, and deserved it over and over again, the superior but superficial observer might have imagined that he detected a certain element of folly in my face.
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 3.40am after he was spotted wandering suspiciously in Phaneromeni Avenue in Larnaca.
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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.
It's been a pleasure living close to Chip Hanna, who's done time with US Bombs and One Man Army, among others, and plays his own stuff and choice covers, solo or with a little backup.
A scientist is collected from prison by his vicar wife (Alison Steadman, above) having done time for causing death by dangerous driving, and is then found murdered beneath a Jaguar.
"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.
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.