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Time service vs Time-serving

time service

1. determination of the precise time as the work of an astronomical observatory:

  • The time-service has also occupied part of the energy of the observatory.

2. shaping one’s behavior so as to please one’s superiors or to fit the dominant pattern of one’s times:

  • This freedom from time-service gives a dignity to Heywood’s character.

time-serving — = time service 2:

  • It was all devotion, not timeserving as the vulgar thought.

See also: serve one’s time / serve time.