at Her Majesty's pleasure

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at Her Majesty's pleasure

  1. (law, of a position notionally granted or imposed by a queen) indefinitely; for an arbitrary period determined by the monarch or her government (especially for indefinite tenure or imprisonment)
    The Governor serves at Her Majesty's pleasure.
    The murderer was imprisoned at Her Majesty's pleasure.
  2. (informal, loosely) in prison
    He spent two years at Her Majesty's pleasure.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:prison

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