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Difference between Do time and Make time

do time(coll.) serve a sentence of imprisonment:

  • Our story is about a man who did time for drug dealing and lost custody of his two kids.

Cf.: do easy time —(coll.) serve a short prison term:

  • John Murdoch is doing easy time in a minimum security jail dubbed a “holiday camp.”

make time

1. (coll.) flirt with a girl; make romantic advances:

  • At another table two young men were trying to make time with some Mexican girls.

2. (also: make good time) accomplish a distance in a short time; travel fast:

  • They were on a straight stretch of road now and were making time.