serve (one's) time

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serve (one's) time

To spend the amount of time in jail as required by one's prison sentence. After serving his time, the assailant will be deported back to his home country. There's no need to harass him; he served his time and paid his debt to society.
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serve time

To spend time in jail as part of a prison sentence. The CEO is now serving time for his role in defrauding thousands of customers. No way am I getting involved with your scheme. I have no interest in serving time again.
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serve time

to spend a certain amount of time in jail. The criminal served ten years in jail. After the felon served his time, he was released from prison.
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serve time

Undergo a prison sentence; also, work at a particular task, especially an undesirable one. For example, We couldn't hire him when we learned that he had served time for robbery, or I applied for a transfer after serving time in that chaotic department. [Late 1800s]
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serve your time

1 hold office for the normal period. 2 spend time in office, an apprenticeship, or prison.
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THE father of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp said her killer should "serve his time and then be hung".
THE father of murdered schoolgirl Tia Sharp said today her killer should "serve his time and then be hung".
But the latest revelation of the fellowfromNigeria,who in less than 10 years, 'elevated' himself from a cashier caught thieving from the London DIY shopwhere he worked, to the post of the governor of a Nigerian state and appropriated at least pounds 50m courtesy of UK''s Department For International Development, DOESN''T one''s with pride to CharlesTaylor, former of Liberia, is found serve his time in prison England?
DOESN''T one''s heart fill with pride to know that if CharlesTaylor, former president of Liberia, is found guilty, he''ll serve his time in prison in England?
"HE will serve his time, and I can rebuild my life."
"He will serve his time and I can rebuild my life."
The man who made his name as a "Terran" battling alien races will serve his time as a humble computer technician.
The prisoner had been sentenced to the state corrections department but was allowed, at a sheriffs discretion, to serve his time in a work release program at a county jail.
Robb was jailed in Scotland in December 1995 but was granted a transfer to serve his time in the Maze.
When Mendoza finally did serve his time in monastic seclusion, the prior complained that he had turned the house into something more like "a lunatic asylum than a religious house" (158).