serve under

serve under (one)

1. To be in the service or under the direction of one. I have had the privilege of serving under eight different presidents in my time as the head butler of the White House.
2. To provide, present, or execute a formal notice, announcement, or action as dictated by a particular piece of legislation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "serve" and "under." Health inspectors have served four closure orders under the FDA's tough new rules this week.
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serve under someone or something

to carry out one's responsibility under the direction or in the employment of someone. I served under the president of the company as special assistant. Jane served under the previous administration as an investigator.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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