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public life

public service as an elected or appointed government official.
Origin of public life
1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • William's bugle had just returned to public life after one of its periodic terms of retirement into his father's keeping.

    More William Richmal Crompton
  • The virtues which accompanied him into public life did not desert him in private.

  • One is to shirk it by an indolent abandonment of the important offices of social and public life.

  • Is there a detail of my private or public life that you don't meddle with—as it pleases you?

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • When on March 4, 1809, Jefferson withdrew forever from public life, he was in danger of being arrested in Washington for debt.

    Thomas Jefferson Edward S. Ellis et. al.

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