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tour of duty

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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tour of dutyˌtour of ˈduty noun (plural tours of duty) [countable]  BECPERIOD OF TIMEa period of time when you are working in a particular place or job, especially abroad while you are in the army etc
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tour of dutyBut Mr Sandy found it a stimulating, not to say exhausting, tour of duty.Her tour of duty is almost done.He said his tour of duty ended at 10: 45.The two had enjoyed a eight-month affair, but McAllister's tour of duty in Ulster was ending.I am here for a year, and this is my second tour of duty.During a recent three-year tour of duty as a newspaper correspondent in the Middle East I found abundant cause for both.
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