do (someone) a service


: to do something that helps (someone)
The journalists did the public a service by exposing the corruption.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Court would do a service to the country, and America’s principle of equality under the law, by telling them their time is up. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2022 Pelosi, by making this trip against the background of Chinese threats, would do a service to her country, Taiwan, and all nations with an interest in resisting a totalitarian party-state’s military aggression. The Editors, National Review, 27 July 2022 Agents, like most other workers, get paid when someone hires them to do a service, such as finding a buyer for their house. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, 9 Aug. 2021

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“Do (someone) a service.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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