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yeoman's service

or yeoman service

good, useful, or workmanlike service:
His trusty sword did him yeoman's service.
Origin of yeoman's service
1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Our chaplain spent his time here and did yeoman service helping the wounded.

    War from the Inside Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
  • And through it all our Army Medical Corps did yeoman service.

  • If only she could be freed from the feudal incubus which was strangling her, she might yet do yeoman service for the Crown.

    The Story of Brussels Ernest Gilliat-Smith
  • Sandy was prepared, if need be, to do yeoman service with an axe.

    Riddle of the Storm Roy J. Snell
  • But during the retreat he led the van and did yeoman service in restoring order among the disheartened troops.

    Napoleon's Marshals R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • We electrons, however, can do yeoman service in this respect.

    Autobiography of an Electron Charles R. (Charles Robert) Gibson
  • The word spoliation does yeoman service in covering with one broad blanket of prejudice the most diverse cases of wealth.

  • He had spied aright his friend of Troneg, who in his youth had given him yeoman service.

  • That as may be, when once overboard they did yeoman service and held the sloop in safety.

    On Yachts and Yacht Handling Thomas Fleming Day
  • On the British right there were constant attacks and counter-attacks, and the Guards' Brigade did yeoman service.

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