at your service

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at your service

  1. (formal) Used as a polite introduction on first meeting another person.
    • 1934, Agatha Christie, chapter 6, in Murder on the Orient Express, London: HarperCollins, published 2017, page 120:
      'My name, Madame, is Hercule Poirot - at your service.'
    • 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit:
      “Thorin Oakenshield, at your service! Dori at your service!” said the two dwarves bowing again.
    • (Can we date this quote?)
      James Bond. At your service.
    • 2010, Common English Bible with Apocrypha, →ISBN:
      "Are you Ziba?" the king asked him. "At your service!" he answered.
  2. Available for assisting you or for you to use.
    • 1832, Washington Irving, Talses of the Alhambra:
      . "But senors," added he, smiling, "if you think a residence there so desirable, my apartments in the Alhambra are at your service."
    • 2015, Priscila Uppal, At Your Service, →ISBN:
      How you laughed when you admitted your lies to me, and I promised to make you sit one day and I would pretend to be your lover, bring you tea while you soaked in the bath, lightly scented raspberry candles at your feet, and declare in my deepest voice, My darling, your every wish, your every command is mine. I am at your service eternally.

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