tour of duty

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1. a traveling around from place to place.
2. a long journey including the visiting of a number of places, esp. with a group led by a guide.
3. a brief trip through a place in order to view or inspect it.
4. a journey from town to town, as by a theatrical company or performer.
5. a period of duty at one place or in one job.
6. to travel from place to place.
7. to travel from town to town giving performances.
8. to travel through (a place).
9. to send or take (a theatrical company) from town to town.
[1250–1300; Middle English (n.) < Middle French < Latin tornus < Greek tórnos tool for making a circle. compare turn]
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Noun1.tour of duty - a period of time spent in military servicetour of duty - a period of time spent in military service
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
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He was alone and showed no surprise at my coming, saying he had expected me much earlier, as my tour of duty must have ended some time since.
I questioned both Olson and Benson closely in the matter of the compass; but each stoutly maintained that no one had tampered with it during his tour of duty. Benson gave me a knowing smile, as much as to say: "Well, you and I know who did this." Yet I could not believe that it was the girl.
Allen Durham will make his fourth tour of duty with Meralco in the PBA Governors' Cup.
Muscat: On behalf of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, His Highness Sayyid Asa'ad bin Tariq Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs, Personal Representative of His Majesty the Sultan received in his office yesterday Yerzhan Mukesh, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Sultanate to bid him farewell at the end of his tour of duty. The ambassador expressed his thanks to His Majesty the Sultan for the support extended to him during his tour of duty from His Majesty, the Government and the Omani people, which enabled him to carry out his assignments.
Furthermore, the release confirms the return and retirement of three envoys, who have completed their tour of duty abroad.
'I will extend his tour of duty to something like two to three months.
The authors, Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh, suggest that to build an alliance is to define employment as a tour of duty (as in the army)
His military appointments comprised a combination of command and staff appointments and include a United Nations peacekeeping tour of duty in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) in 2005-2006.
Harry completed his tour of duty this week, military officials said.
Hall was promoted to captain during her second tour of duty. Hall was awarded a Bronze Star after her second deployment.
During their tour of duty, Pakistani Contingent undertook several programmes and projects outside their peacekeeping duties, providing training for several youths in various skills including auto mechanics, electricity, and basic computer training, among others.