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.
tour of duty in the Sultanate, which had facilitated him in carrying out
I will extend his tour of duty to something like two to three months.
During the meeting, the ambassador expressed his country s thanks and appreciation for the support and assistance he received from the Sultanate, during his tour of duty.
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.
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.
His family said he died a hero, adding: "He was determined to get his first tour of duty under his belt.
The Mayor of Caernarfon Royal Town Council, Coun Myfi Powell Jones, handed a message of support to the Welsh Guards on the eve of their six-month tour of duty in the helmand Province of Afghanistan.
IN SEPTEMBER this year the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh returned to their base in Cyprus from a tough but successful tour of duty in Afghanistan.