active service

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active service (uncountable)

  1. (UK, military) Full-time occupation in the military.
    Synonym: active duty
    • 1947 January and February, “Notes and News: New Southern Channel Steamer”, in Railway Magazine, page 49:
      She was built by William Denny & Bros. Ltd., and launched in 1939, but went immediately on active service as a trooper [troopship].