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on duty



Definitions

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on duty
     1. prep. Actively engaged in an assigned task, duty or occupation.
           I'm suppose to go on duty at 0800 hours.
           He was seen drinking on duty.
           She will be on duty from noon to six.
Analysis
on
     1. adj. In the state of being active, functioning or operating.
     2. adj. Performing according to schedule.
           Are we still on for tonight?
           Is the show still on?
     3. adj. (chiefly UK, informal, usually negative) Acceptable, appropriate.
duty
     1. n. That which one is morally or legally obligated to do.
           We don't have a duty to keep you here.
     2. n. The state of being at work and responsible for or doing a particular task.
           I’m on duty from 6 pm to 6 am.
     3. n. A tax placed on imports or exports; a tariff.

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I know you asked me to come by, but I'm on duty, so we have to make it quick. 

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