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Yeoman's service

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Yeoman's service powerful aid, such as came from the yeomen in the English armies of early times
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Idioms

Yeoman's service - (UK) To do yeoman's service is to serve in an exemplary manner.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. yoman, yemen, doubtless from an A.S. gáman, not found, but seen in Old Frisian gāman, villager—, a village (Ger. gau, district), man, man.

Usage

In literature:

But not until he had done yeoman service with Lincoln's bitterest enemies.
"Lincoln" by Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
One other addition we had, and right yeoman's service she did, for it was a 'she', reader as the sequel will prove.
"Australian Search Party" by Charles Henry Eden
However, they continue to render yeoman's service, for the breeze has set in steadily.
"Facing the Flag" by Jules Verne
It did us yeoman's service.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 74, December, 1863" by Various
In the warfare which ensued, and which was a snarl of petty, selfish interests, Juana did yeoman service in her husband's cause.
"Women of the Romance Countries" by John R. Effinger
You'll do yeoman's service yet.
"In Search of the Unknown" by Robert W. Chambers
A better-coffee-making committee, under the direction of Edward Aborn of New York, rendered yeoman's service to the cause.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
His body was indefatigable, doing him yeoman's service in this breathless chase of pleasures.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
In the little band of workers which I had joined, I was soon called upon to perform yeoman's service.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
In the warfare which ensued, and which was a snarl of petty, selfish interests, Juana did yeoman service in her husband's cause.
"Women of the Romance Countries (Illustrated)" by John R Effinger
He had done his country more than yeoman's service.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
So far Fordham had rendered him yeoman's service.
"Fordham's Feud" by Bertram Mitford
In doing this, you did me yeoman's service, although you are even now not aware of this.
"The Heart of Denise and Other Tales" by S. (Sidney) Levett-Yeats
Accordingly the word 'ought,' and its equivalents do yeoman's service throughout this sermon.
"British Quarterly Review, American Edition, Volume LIV" by Various
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In news:

Photo by Curt Yeomans The opening of the University of Georgia Clayton County Extension Service's annual farmer's market on Saturday drew a steady flow of local fresh food enthusiasts to downtown Jonesboro.
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