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active duty

noun, Military
the status of full-time service:
on active duty.
Also called active service. Unabridged
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  • For this is the U-47-½'s first experience of active service.

    Our Navy in the War Lawrence Perry
  • There, on the table, had been a letter recalling him to his regiment, ordered on active service.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • Sally was never content unless she had at least one man or boy engaged in her active service.

  • The event which bulked largest to us was, of course, the departure on active service.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • active service allowance is thirty francs a month—five dollars.

    Private Peat Harold R. Peat
British Dictionary definitions for active service

active service

military duty in an operational area
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Idioms and Phrases with active service

active duty

Full-time service, as in Julian is 81, but he still comes to the office every day and is very much on active duty. This term comes from the military, where it stands in opposition to reserve, which refers to troops still in the military but not actively engaged. It is occasionally transferred to civilian matters as well. [ First half of 1800s ]
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