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duty Idioms & Phrases


Ad valorem duty

  • a duty which is graded according to the cost, or market value, of the article taxed. See Ad valorem.
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anti-dumping duty

  • noun a tariff imposed to prevent dumping
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breach of duty

  • noun a breach of due care
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civic duty

  • noun the responsibilities of a citizen
    civic responsibility.
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countervailing duty

  • noun a duty imposed to offset subsidies by foreign governments
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customs duty

  • noun money collected under a tariff
    custom; impost; customs.
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death duty

  • noun a tax on the estate of the deceased person
    death tax; estate tax; inheritance tax.
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Differential duties

  • (Polit. Econ.), duties which are not imposed equally upon the same products imported from different countries.
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duty assignment

  • noun a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces)
    assignment.
    • hazardous duty
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duty period

  • noun the time period during which you are at work
    work shift; shift.
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duty tour

  • noun a period of time spent in military service
    hitch; tour; term of enlistment; enlistment; duty tour.
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duty-bound

  • adjective satellite under a moral obligation to do something
    obliged.
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duty-free

  • adjective satellite exempt from duty
    • duty-free liquor
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export duty

  • noun a duty imposed on exports
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Fatigue duty

  • noun labor of a nonmilitary kind done by soldiers (cleaning or digging or draining or so on)
    fatigue.
    • the soldiers were put on fatigue to teach them a lesson
    • they were assigned to kitchen fatigues
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  • (Mil.), labor exacted from soldiers aside from the use of arms. Farrow.
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fiduciary duty

  • noun the legal duty of a fiduciary to act in the best interests of the beneficiary
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filial duty

  • noun duty of a child to its parents
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Guard duty

  • noun the duty of serving as a sentry
    guard; sentry go; guard duty.
    • he was on guard that night
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  • (Mil.), the duty of watching patrolling, etc., performed by a sentinel or sentinels.
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heavy-duty

  • adjective designed for heavy work
    • a heavy-duty detergent
    • heavy-duty gloves
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import duty

  • noun a duty imposed on imports
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jury duty

  • noun the civic duty to serve on a jury
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Legacy duty

  • a tax paid to government on legacies. Wharton.
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  • noun acts which the law requires be done or forborne
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light-duty

  • adjective not designed for heavy work
    • a light-duty detergent
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line of duty

  • noun all that is normally required in some area of responsibility
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Mail and duties

  • (Scots Law), the rents of an estate, in whatever form paid.
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neglect of duty

  • noun (law) breach of a duty
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On duty

  • actually engaged in the performance of one's assigned task.
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point duty

  • noun the control of traffic by a policeman stationed at an intersection
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Probate duty

  • a government tax on property passing by will. Eng.
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sea-duty

  • noun naval service aboard a ship at sea
    service abroad; sea-duty.
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sense of duty

  • noun a motivating awareness of ethical responsibility
    sense of shame.
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sentry duty

  • noun the duty of serving as a sentry
    guard; sentry go; guard duty.
    • he was on guard that night
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shipboard duty

  • noun naval service aboard a ship at sea
    service abroad; sea-duty.
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shore duty

  • noun naval service at land bases
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Specific duty

  • a duty of a specific sum assessed on an article without reference to its value or market.
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Stamp duty

  • noun a tax collected by requiring a stamp to be purchased and attached (usually on documents or publications)
    stamp tax.
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  • a duty, or tax, imposed on paper and parchment used for certain writings, as deeds, conveyances, etc., the evidence of the payment of the duty or tax being a stamp. Eng.
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Succession duty

  • a tax imposed on every succession to property, according to its value and the relation of the person who succeeds to the previous owner. Eng.
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To pay one's duty

  • to render homage, as to a sovereign or other superior.
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tonnage duty

  • noun a tax imposed on ships that enter the US; based on the tonnage of the ship
    tunnage; tonnage.
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tour of duty

  • noun a period of time spent in military service
    hitch; tour; term of enlistment; enlistment; duty tour.
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Transit duty

  • a duty paid on goods that pass through a country.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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