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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've 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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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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Because it has shrimps, make sure to keep the salad chilled until serving time to prevent spoilage.
Sitting just outside the wire of the Utah State Prison (USP), in full view of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, is a nondescript, double-wide modular building that houses Serving Time Cafe.
About 69 percent of the prison population were serving time in jail, and 24 percent were serving sentences in open prison system, under which inmates are allowed to leave the penitentiary during the day to work and have to return at night.
But many of Texas' veterans serving time behind bars are getting the guidance to stay out of the legal system upon their release, thanks to a new Texas Department of Criminal Justice program.
SAN DIEGO -- A woman who escaped from a Michigan prison nearly 37 years ago while serving time for attempted larceny was found living under an alias in San Diego, police said Tuesday.
A total of 465 prisoners are serving time for rioting, which is the second biggest category of criminals at the facility.
Frank Wilkinson wrote 30 novels while serving time for the 1985 killing of Alan Raffle.
NEW YORK: A New York City teacher has received a warning letter from city authorities after making her students write Christmas cards to a friend serving time in prison.
At that point he was serving time for another drug smuggling operation between Holland and Denmark.
Using his false identity, Jones claimed disability benefits saying he was traumatised and fearful of leaving the house after being attacked while serving time at New York's notorious The Tombs penitentiary.
Wayne, of Glanmuir Road, Tremorfa, Cardiff, was serving time at Cardiff Prison for driving while disqualified when he met Phillips, now serving time for an attack, several years ago.
It's scary and dangerous," said Jose Zavarra, a Salvadoran who said he was serving time on burglary charges.
Fresh out of an English prison in 1984 after serving time for a rape conviction, Mainwaring-Knight convinced a church rector to enlist in his battle against the spread of devil worshippers.
Northwestern University Professor David Protess and his team of journalism students helped to release men from the state of Illinois prison system, where they were serving time for crimes they did not commit.
Based on written correspondence between the two main characters, Natasha a high school student and her sweetheart Antonio, who is serving time in prison, Upstate is a moving work of art that can be appreciated by all readers.