serve out

transitive verb
: to revenge oneself on : pay back : retaliate against

served them out royally for their many acts of cruelty

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Tennis win the final game of a set or match while serving

Fitzgerald then served out for the set

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serve out [phrasal verb]
serve (something) out or serve out (something) : to complete (a term in office, a prison sentence, etc.)

He vowed that he would serve out his five-year term as chairperson.

She served out her sentence in a prison in New York.

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Main Entry:serve

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  • serve out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms serve out : present tense I/you/we/they serve out he/she/it serves out present participle serving out past tense served out past participle served out 1) to continue doing something until you are officially… …   English dictionary

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  • serve out — verb To win a set, or by extension a match, by holding serve …   Wiktionary

  • serve out — Tennis win the final game of a set or match while serving. → serve …   English new terms dictionary

  • serve out — distribute, portion out …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • To serve out — Serve Serve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Served}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Serving}.] [OE. serven, servien, OF. & F. servir, fr. L. servire; akin to servus a servant or slave, servare to protect, preserve, observe; cf. Zend har to protect, haurva protecting. Cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Serve — Serve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Served}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Serving}.] [OE. serven, servien, OF. & F. servir, fr. L. servire; akin to servus a servant or slave, servare to protect, preserve, observe; cf. Zend har to protect, haurva protecting. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • serve one's time — To pass through an apprenticeship or a term of office (see also ↑time served, etc under ↑time) • • • Main Entry: ↑serve * * * (also serve out one s time) hold office for the normal period ■ (also serve time) spend time in office, in an… …   Useful english dictionary

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