Meaning of SERVICE in English

SERVICE

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a bus service (= a service that provides regular buses )

It's a small village but there is a good bus service.

a church service (= a religious ceremony in a church )

There’s a church service at 10:30 every Sunday morning.

a coach service

Our express coach service goes to the South of France and Costa Brava.

a commuter service

More money is needed to improve commuter services in the region.

a comprehensive service

Our professional staff provide a comprehensive service.

a delivery service

We try to maintain a high standard of delivery service to our customers.

a prayer service (= church service at which people pray )

a rail service

People want a safe, reliable rail service.

a service charge (= for service in a hotel, restaurant etc )

The restaurant’s prices include a 10% service charge.

a service economy (= one that is based mainly on selling services such as insurance or tourism )

Britain has shifted from a manufacturing to a service economy.

a service industry (= businesses that provide a service, such as banking and tourism )

Most of the new jobs are in service industries.

a taxi service

We operate a taxi service to and from the airport.

active service

Powell was declared unfit for active service.

ambulance service

the ambulance service

an advice centre/service/desk/bureau

They offer a 24-hour advice service to customers.

an efficient service

We aim to provide our clients with an efficient and friendly service.

an Internet service provider (= a company that allows you to connect to the Internet )

Your Internet service provider should be able to solve the problem.

application service provider

basic services

They lack basic services such as water and electricity.

care services/facilities

How much money is spent on health care services?

catering business/service etc

civil service

community service

community services (= providing schools, health facilities, roads etc )

Some tax goes towards paying for your community services.

customer service/care (= serving and looking after customers )

Our aim is always to raise the level of customer service.

customer services

You should call customer services and complain.

day care centre/services/facilities

subsidized day care facilities

denial of service attack

dinner service

Diplomatic Service

dispense with sb’s services (= no longer employ someone )

do military service

More and more men are refusing to do military service .

domestic service formal (= the work of a servant in a large house )

She went into domestic service at the age of 15.

domestic service

emergency services

enlist sb’s help/services etc

He has enlisted the help of a sports psychologist for the team.

essential services (= organizations such as the police or the fire or health service )

The law prohibits workers in essential services from striking.

faithful service

years of faithful service to the company

Financial Services Authority, the

fire service

for services rendered (= for something you have done )

a bill of $3200 for services rendered

funeral service

the minister who conducted the funeral service

goods and services

The company provides a range of specialized goods and services.

health service

reforms to the health service

inferior service

He wrote a letter to complain about inferior service at the hotel.

intelligence agencies/services etc

In Britain there are three main intelligence organizations.

Internal Revenue Service

jury service (= when you have to spend time on a jury )

He has been called for jury service in July.

jury service

library services

Public library services are threatened by budget cuts.

lifeboat crew/station/service

lip service

organizations that pay lip service to career development

loyal service

her many years of loyal service to the company

memorial service/ceremony

A memorial service will be held at 7 pm on Saturday.

military service

More and more men are refusing to do military service .

military/service personnel

There have been attacks upon US military personnel.

National Health Service, the

national service

offer...services

A number of groups offer their services free of charge.

outreach program/service/center etc

outreach centers for drug addicts

perform a service

Our troops are performing a remarkable service and a terribly important mission.

Police Service of Northern Ireland, the

postal service

the U.S. postal service

provides...service

The hotel provides a shoe-cleaning service for guests.

public service

efforts to improve quality in public services

rental contract/scheme/service etc

Could you sign the rental agreement?

room service

scheduled flight/service (= a plane service that flies at the same time every day or every week )

Prices include scheduled flights from Heathrow.

secret service

security service

service a debt (= pay the interest on a debt, but not pay it back )

By then, she was borrowing more money just to service her debts.

service area

service charge

There’s a service charge for advance tickets.

service club

service industry

service occupations (= a job in which you provide a service rather than producing goods )

Around two thirds of the labour force is employed in service occupations.

service station

service/maintenance engineer

shoddy goods/service/workmanship etc

We’re not paying good money for shoddy goods.

shuttle service

There’s a shuttle service from the city center to the airport.

social service

Contact social services for help.

tea service

the education service (= all the government organizations that work together to provide education )

There are plans to expand the adult education service.

the security services/forces (= the police, army etc )

Clashes with the security forces continued.

the service sector (= the part of the economy to do with providing services, such as banking or tourism )

The proportion of service sector jobs within the economy has grown.

the wedding service (= the ceremony in a church )

It was a beautiful wedding service.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

voluntary work/service

He does voluntary work with young offenders.

volunteered...services

I volunteered my services as a driver.

welfare benefits/services/programmes etc

the provision of education and welfare services

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

active

In his early years John the younger saw active service abroad.

He had broken his leg some time before and so had been unfit for active service till then.

In 1914 Powell was declared unfit for active service , but joined the Admiralty in 1916.

It was rather like being in the army on active service .

Bush is one of the last western leaders to have seen active service .

The Provisionals said that one of their active service units had placed the devices, causing damage to prime commercial property.

We accepted this as just one of the hazards of being on active service .

Grey, thinning hair and a tired face betray years of active service .

civil

They thought a redesigned legal system might constrain the civil service and protect their economic interests.

They possess a modern civil service of proved ability and critical acumen, at least at the higher levels.

The terms of employment, which are still linked to the civil service , are to be changed.

They have to hire most employees from lists of those who have taken written civil service exams.

She was on her certain way into the civil service from the beginning.

Those who have worked in the legal civil service report that it is much more interesting than appears at first sight.

In the civil service merit pay has been extended to cover all grades from April 1990.

In 1992 structural reforms to limit spending would include reform of the civil service .

domestic

Leapor's poetry on domestic service is part of a wide range of eighteenth century writings concerned with this type of work.

They glimpsed each other across grocery counters and in the forced intimacy of domestic service now gone out of style.

Thus domestic service must be seen as a type of economic relationship operating in all levels of society.

They know it when their older loved ones die sooner because of having led harsh lives in domestic service or manual labor.

Olwen Hufton observes that outside domestic service single working women had difficulty surviving on their wages.

Leapor, then, experienced domestic service not only as a servant but as a mistress.

In 1881 as many as one in three girls aged between fifteen and twenty had entered domestic service .

It was her natural defence after her early years of domestic service .

essential

Public policy should redistribute income and subsidise, if not deliver directly, essential services such as education and health.

Government finances are strained to the hilt dealing with essential services .

Whitehall officials have encountered difficulties in deciding which essential services to include.

There has been harsh rhetoric against documented and undocumented immigrants, as well as attempts to deprive them of essential human services .

Gas is a desirable but not essential service .

Disaster-relief loans like those following the Northridge Earthquake are still being made because they are considered essential services .

What essential services have to be provided and what essential investments have to be made?

financial

The banks operate the system of payment by cheques and offer a wide range of financial services to their customers.

Co. for $ 2. 72 billion, putting an end to its money-losing foray into financial services .

Executive salaries in financial services and the communications industry were 18 percent above average.

Research and development and financial services are two further areas where progress is still slow.

The group, based in Woking, Surrey, will be left with financial services and transport businesses.

Their business now is to provide banking and financial services to the corporate as opposed to personal sectors.

The plan aimed to upgrade existing industries and to attract a number of new ones, such as financial services .

It contributes £11,000 million net to our balance of payments. Financial services employ 12 percent of our workforce.

local

Therefore Kirknewton is not badly served by local bus services in comparison with Ratho.

The regulation worked out so that the company provided local service at prices that failed to cover more than direct operating costs.

Parents denied local authority services may seek advice on their legal position.

Other for-sale-by-owner Internet firms only provided local service , he said.

This answers Tory demands that the tax should be related to the amount that a household uses local services .

The trio have clocked up more than 100 years of local authority service between them.

First, the Social Services Inspectorate is concerned with quality standards in services provided or contracted by local authority social services departments.

memorial

A memorial service will be held today at Hensall parish church, two miles from Great Heck.

Nothing was going to stop Ramsey attending the memorial service for a close friend, whether it was legal or illegal.

Together with the family, directors establish the location, dates, and times of wakes, memorial services , and burials.

You could tell by who was at his memorial service , from the publishing executive to the receptionist from 10 years ago.

military

The alacrity with which northerners enlisted for military service whenever warfare flared up on the Border speaks for itself.

The United States further reserves to these provisions with respect to individuals who volunteer for military service prior to age 18.

I was seventeen, and most of the other students in my year had done military service and were a lot older.

Franken also avoided military service with student deferments while at Harvard and, ultimately, a high lottery number.

Armed forces: No standing army since 1868; citizens under 60 liable to military service in emergency.

They will consider introducing exemptions from or alternatives to military service . 29.

The military services themselves have adapted remarkably well and are not less respected for it.

national

On 31 March 1987 there were 942 practices in the national health service which used a computer.

No longer was it enough to write a program that connected reliably with local computer bulletin boards or even national on-line services .

Has not the experiment proved a disaster for vast numbers of national health service patients?

Improved access to information about services at both local and national services.

Information gathered by the national criminal intelligence service reveals a growing use of crack cocaine in the Shire counties.

If that is true, those figures bring little consolation to the national health service as a whole.

Our congratulations should go out from the House to the national health service for what it is achieving.

personal

Health and personal social services expenditure trends are harder to interpret.

The two most obvious and irksome are subjection to satraps and extortion of tribute, including personal military service .

Management is a very personal service .

These people work mainly in the new, rapidly growing, employment sectors such as personal services , advertising and the media.

Restaurants, household and other personal services and less elegant public employments are all their conceded domain.

The dismantling of the personal social services would also open the way for commercial providers.

The Weather Communications Aviation Service starts at just £100 per year for a personal telephone service .

postal

Rules should be made permitting access to postal services on the same basis by all users meeting the same conditions.

Except when a hurricane hits, life in this part of Mississippi is as regular as the postal service .

Or you may like to take advantage of our bathroom postal planning service , also £60.

The Crown relied on the postal service for such notices.

The Ego was designed as a mere postal service which delivers messages to our conscious mind.

Internal printing and postal services were reviewed during the year and a reduction from four to three staff was made.

There will be two direct channels - a fast-answer telephone service for sophisticated customers and a postal service for the less sophisticated.

public

The aura of compulsion in the public child care services has been extensively analysed in recent years.

Administrators must constantly interpret and apply public policies that provide public goods and services to individuals and groups. 4.

In the new liberal framework, however, both system redundancy and public service culture are inexorably fading.

People from public health services tried to dissuade him, citing bad epidemiology and a waste of important supplies.

The private sector service industries make only a small contribution while the public services make none.

Its increase measures the increase in national wealth. Public services , by comparison, are an incubus.

I want to restore pride in our public services .

They're all well aware of it in the public services , only they call it going through channels.

secret

That is the means by which we control the operations of our secret services .

Even when secret services are grossly incompetent they get away with it.

This is usually regarded as the most sensitive aspect of secret service work.

I fired one frame and the secret service guy put his hand up.

Pacepa was not the first defector from the world of Soviet bloc secret services to make such a claim.

He also kept a keen eye on MI9, the secret escape service .

social

Further information: local Age Concern group; social services department.

It would bar benefit payments and other social services to most noncitizens and legal immigrants.

But they provided a vital social service and their closure was a disastrous token of things to come.

Variations in joint commissioning practice between social services and health services will have to be piloted and monitored carefully.

In particular it requires a more flexible approach to taxation, and the operation of the social services .

There are some good arguments for tax payers' money being channelled to social service providers that are not statutory bodies.

Travellers' contact with social work services frequently resulted in the loss of children into care and an alien culture.

All local authority social services departments offer different kinds of help and support.

■ NOUN

ambulance

An ambulance service spokesman blamed the icy driving conditions.

An ambulance service volunteered its equipment to transport a severely crippled man home for weekends.

An air ambulance service looks set to be scrapped tomorrow.

It is for the chief ambulance officer of each area ambulance service to decide how best to match those standards.

The troops will join the police, who were reluctantly involved yesterday after the London ambulance service said it could not cope.

This is often more comfortable for the patient and relieves the ambulance service .

He said the order, set up in 1099 as a religious order, was much more than just the ambulance service .

area

Voice over Oxfordshire County Council wants service areas included in motorways right from the planning stage.

Echo Sten-Tel's primary service area includes North Dakota and Minnesota.

In the motorway service areas , Trusthouse Forte alone have invested over £80 million since they were allowed to purchase their leases.

Southwestern Cable is providing free access to its high-speed Roadrunner Internet service in 14 public libraries within its service area .

There were already signs that told the motorist he was approaching, say, the Newport Pagnell or Watford Gap service areas .

He kept his eye on a tan Ford turning slowly into the station and coming to a stop near the service area .

When the lift doors opened she stepped quickly out into the wide service area , and began to run towards the door.

When it comes to naming New Jersey Turnpike service areas , being white is definitely the No. 1 qualification.

care

During 1992-95 we will: Develop and publish free, easy-to-read information about community care services .

The aura of compulsion in the public child care services has been extensively analysed in recent years.

Local authorities will produce and public clear plans for the development of community care services in their areas.

It briefly outlines activities such as helplines, respite care services and consultation on community care proposals.

We are entering a period of deterioration in health care services .

A statutory duty on local councils to provide integrated child care services for the under-fives.

Good community care services work best where skilled professionals work comfortably hand-in-hand with unskilled staff, families, neighbours and voluntary organizations.

But it had a profound effect on the child care service of the time.

charge

Local Taxes and normal service charges .

Is there a service charge on top of the labor charge?

The service charge may be in dispute or there may be an inadvertent omission to pay on the part of the tenant.

The rate also includes full breakfast daily, hotel service charges and taxes but not airfare.

In addition some clubs levy a service charge for infants payable in resort.

One of the purposes of health service charges is to transfer a proportion of the cost of treatment to the patient.

And if they didn't, the bill would probably still be lower than the price of the service charge .

The unions were opposed to proposals for increases in health service charges and restrictions on wage rises for public servants.

community

At the same time, substantial numbers of mentally handicapped and mentally ill persons were receiving some attention from the community services .

A misleading assumption is that only lesser will be drawn into community service .

The community service that is most interesting is by those who indeed are intellectually productive.

He was banned from driving for 6 months and ordered to do 200 hours of community service .

Many actually work in community service projects, which most journalists only write about.

Perhaps local authorities should thankfully accept this solution and turn their attention to the needs of non-dementing elderly residents and community services .

The offer included a $ 250 fine, community service and domestic violence counseling.

customer

A high level of customer service also tends to greatly increase distribution costs.

Hall has said Kmart will focus on improving the look of its stores, customer service and the efficiency of its operations.

They understood statistical process control, total quality customer service , reengineering, and the economics and finance of film manufacturing.

Opinions are sought at all levels and team-work training enhances management skills and customer service .

So would a series of short-term customer service improvement projects aimed at providing positive experiences with change.

They are very data conscious now and more wired into productivity, quality, the importance of training, and customer service .

emergency

Under the scheme, only vehicles carrying invalids or supporting the emergency services would be allowed into the centre.

National Park Service phone lines were jammed with calls throughout the night, affecting emergency service , a park statement said.

The hon. Gentleman will recognise that many people work on Sundays to deliver our emergency services .

The frantic driver was able to get out of his car and call emergency services on his mobile phone.

The emergency services say it could cut vital minutes from the time it takes to respond to a call.

The subsequent call to emergency services reported a decapitation.

The incident was one of dozens which emergency services had to deal with across Merseyside on Bonfire Night.

The city also would get half of any profit made on the emergency service .

health

Maybe all that stuff about cuts in the health service wasn't true.

I wonder what the Labour party would cut elsewhere in the health service to make up for that loss of revenue.

First, health service managers must be able to price their services reasonably accurately for trading purposes.

The community health services then came to be financed wholly by central government.

Family health services authorities should have already identified a lead officer for research and development.

Whatever the position three months earlier, our original offer to the health service could no longer stand.

Of the 1m females in the health service in 1970, for example, just over 40 percent were part-time workers.

Cochrane's criticism of the impact of health care has had a lasting influence and is often used to undermine health services .

industry

Products offered by service industries include hospital care, dental treatment, holiday arrangements and accountancy services, for example. 5.

Several legislators have urged the government to suspend the controversial value-added tax that was extended to cover service industries .

You can't afford the service industries unless you've got a good manufacturing base.

The growing importance of the service industry is especially apparent in a place like Miami.

According to the report, 45 percent of Hispanic firms were concentrated in the service industry .

You can be sole trader, in a partnership or limited company, in the manufacturing, retailing or service industries .

In 1988 slightly more than 82 percent of employed women worked in service industries as compared with 57.5 percent of employed men.

information

Consumer information services are a new type of catalog business.

Next in line was information services with 6.4% median turnover growth and 12.3% pre-tax growth.

These channels act as on-ramps to the Internet or other on-line information services .

To be very hard-nosed there is also a vested interest in running an efficient information service for a band.

This meant that companies could set up their own on-line information services without having to use the Interchange network.

Is our information service adequate to cope?

The three concerns will focus on high-growth information markets, financial information services and consumer-product market research.

intelligence

As taxpayers we are entitled to know why intelligence services failed to spot signs of an end to the Cold War.

At one point U.S. military and intelligence services had 17 spy planes over Escobar's home city of Medellin.

He was the kind of material Stalin's Intelligence services needed in the Cold War.

In addition there were comprehensive links between the two intelligence services .

She'd been in the business long enough not to be surprised by anything the intelligence services got up to.

Information gathered by the national criminal intelligence service reveals a growing use of crack cocaine in the Shire counties.

Life in the intelligence services , by a former M16 officer.

The Foreign Office, Ministry of Defence and intelligence services were resolute in their opposition to relaxation of the security rules.

lip

Politicians pay lip service to crime.

It pays lip service to local choices but provides no specific means to make them more rational and efficient.

Local authorities are expected to pay more than lip service to this requirement.

Little has really changed despite lip service paid to the democratic process.

Are we delicate mistletoe, paying lip service to the green theme, or full-blown Lincoln green?

The professors all pay lip service to welcoming every point of view, but most really do not.

This is in spite of the lip service paid to the proud independence of the States.

It has been a problem, despite all the lip service given it over the years.

provider

There should also be rules to meet the needs of other service providers .

The second group of existing language skills I would like to address is that of the service providers .

What more would local leaders and social service providers like to see done to reduce the ominous numbers?

Currently highways authorities and main services providers are allowed to cause chaos by digging up roads whenever and wherever they wish.

You may instead be using software from an Internet service provider or from the company that bundled software with your computer.

And then it grew, and traders and service providers thought it worthwhile to settle here and go into business.

All service providers require you to buy the local loop segment from your facility to their closest PoP.

rail

Flooding disrupted rail services in three areas of Devon and Cornwall where flood warnings were issued on 33 rivers.

I recently travelled on the Kent rail service and visited my hon. Friend's constituency with him.

A manual of advice on how best to forecast the demand for new rail services of various types will then be prepared.

We will sell certain rail services and franchise others.

Public transport is poor - with buses only adequate for local use - and there is no rail service .

room

And, of course, gave a whole new resonance to the phrase room service .

Third Message: Hi, listen we got your complaint about the room service .

It does not include travel insurance, wine and drinks with meals and room service .

They take Missy on walks through cities and wilderness areas and have learned to forgo restaurant meals for picnics and room service .

The action takes place over one disastrous weekend full of rain, fights and missing room service .

We decided that she would take one weekend off at a hotel where they had room service .

Sitting on my unused bed, swigging room service orange juice, I switch on the Rosenbloom show.

My room service breakfast practically leaped through the door.

sector

Since that date the number of jobs in the service sector has risen by over three million.

They surveyed 1, 598 organizations in 40 different industries about evenly split between manufacturing and the service sector .

These are not new jobs as such, but rather jobs that have been reclassified as service sector jobs.

Huge growth in the service sector is largely dependent on people and not machines.

He estimates that for every one manufacturing job there are up to four service sector jobs dependent on it.

Real income growth is rising, but the number of high-paying jobs is shrinking with expansion of the service sector .

The service sector - the financial sector which produces nothing - needs inflation.

Expansion in the service sector has been considerably smaller than the decline in manufacturing.

security

In Northern Ireland, the police, in common with the other security services , are controlled directly by central government.

Security September 1990: Leaders of Communist international security service put on trial.

The revelations will deeply embarrass the security services and lead to further accusations of incompetence as yet another operative tells his story.

The city council estimates that the conference will bring an £11 million bonanza for hotels, restaurants, shops and security services .

station

Two hours later and ravenous, we settled for egg and chips at a motorway service station .

To help pay the bills, I worked every night until eleven at a Sinclair service station on Main Street.

Well, if you stop to fill up at a motorway service station your dreams could come true.

Today, the town has a service station , convenience store, barber shop and a few smaller service businesses.

So it will be some time before he can turn his full attention to his hobby-horse Britain's motorway service station crisis.

Johnson was reading a local newspaper he had bought at the Frankenwald service station when his phone trilled discreetly.

She pulled in at a motorway service station and decided on lunch.

However, most people would welcome a greater availability of motorway service stations .

welfare

These groups can also have different experiences of authority and welfare services .

The object of this research is to examine the structure of public opinion about state and private welfare services .

He advocates ways of limiting men's role in child welfare services , and says men should practice nurturing each other.

It became an impersonal, distant, uncaring, social and welfare service .

C., a proposal in Congress would end federal financing for health and welfare services for legal immigrants.

We aim to provide and extend a welfare service and raise many thousands of pounds annually to sponsor medical research.

However, the most striking developments in welfare services have been on the delivery side rather than the personal counselling aspect.

The development of welfare services in Northern Ireland.

■ VERB

improve

And the aim was to improve services for people in the town.

He is enticing insurance companies to improve their level of service to urban areas.

They rake through customer complaints for ideas for improving their products or service .

Short-term projects to improve customer service might buck up the conviction of those managers.

While regrettable, this will enable us to maintain the collections and improve the level of service that we currently offer.

Since it began its pay-for-service test about two years ago, the bureau has improved its service , he said.

Their support is based on a belief that the left governments have clean hands and have improved municipal services .

The rise in imports reflects the efforts of foreign companies to expand sales networks and improve service here.

offer

The future was in offering services over the Internet, he added.

The aftercare program offers medical and psychosocial services to homeless youths.

Solicitors willing to offer either of these services are indicated in the Solicitors Regional Directory.

They prevent problems before they emerge, rather than simply offering services afterward.

Many of them offer wide-ranging services .

After Friday, the Postal Service will no longer offer packing services at its post offices.

More than 120 stockbrokers in Britain offer share-dealing services to private investors.

Providers can offer this service with both dial-up pools and private lines.

pay

Society pays noisy lip service to monogamy but, in reality, encourages affairs.

What amount is the consumer willing to pay for these services ?

You're paying for the service , and I provide it.

You own the phone, as you can in your own house, but you must pay for the service .

These councillors were not paid for their services and paid their own expenses.

It pays for these services with oligopolistic profits.

Of course, this simplest first step opens whole new avenues to explore about how we pay for services .

Take greater advantage of federal money that pays for many services .

provide

There are also many organisations who provide a variety of services to people with HIV/AIDS.

There are specialist firms who will provide this service .

Over the years, they built a network of local dealerships and warehouses to sell equipment and provide service and repairs.

All these departments provide a support service to the Group in their specialised fields.

Nielsen Media Research, provides information services for broadcasters; and Gartner Group, provides advisory services in the technology sector.

Nevertheless, Southwark will provide services based on clear and publicly available eligibility criteria.

Instead, the city should be preparing to bid on the contracts to provide services to the new communities.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

domiciliary services/care/visits etc

Developments in day care, the home help service and other domiciliary services were the currency of growth in these departments.

Hence domiciliary visits by medical staff are an integral part of any specialist service.

It supplements care by kin, but families continue to provide the bulk of domiciliary care.

Last year only voluntary Welfare Officer alone, made over 102 domiciliary visits.

Nevertheless, companies trading in domiciliary care are now beginning to multiply - some from a base in the residential sector.

One of the principal domiciliary services is that of home helps.

Success typically gives access to one existing service, such as domiciliary care, and rejects another, such as residential care.

Traditionally the burden of long-term domiciliary care has fallen on women.

pay lip service to sb/sth

It pays lip service to local choices but provides no specific means to make them more rational and efficient.

Politicians pay lip service to crime.

Previous governments have paid lip service to the idea but achieved little.

The conventional methodology tends to pay lip service to user involvement.

The professors all pay lip service to welcoming every point of view, but most really do not.

They pay lip service to equality but they don't want to have to do anything committed about it.

Though everybody pays lip service to performance, politics is often the ultimate arbiter of their fate.

We need to stop paying lip service to them.

premium rate number/line/service

Because of the high cost of providing and gathering this information, Climbline would not exist were it not a premium rate service.

Choice has not been considered in premium rate services.

That is certainly true in the context of telecommunications and, more specifically, in premium rate services.

press sb/sth into service

Cut it down, dye it red and press it into service for that next dinner dance?

Eric, at the time a budding saxophonist, press ganged Melanie into service as a singer in his band Adventure.

It presses new mutations into service as they arise and is just as ready to make do with what is already around.

The penguin presses the pants into service for a dastardly diamond heist.

skeleton staff/crew/service etc

A skeleton staff was on duty to keep the world-wide operations of Royalbion ticking over.

The skeleton staff were no match for Massenga and his team of ex-Security policemen.

The Automobile Association skeleton staff trio will be huddled in front of their personal computer screens relaying road conditions to drivers.

The doc pointed out how appropriate it was to have a Skull in a skeleton crew.

The Republicans and Democrats tick over with a skeleton staff and then hire specialist consultants for each campaign.

There was only a skeleton staff on duty and no one took much notice of him.

Various versions were filmed on closed sets with skeleton crews and strict security.

Without you ghost ferries would cross the Mersey manned by skeleton crews.

social services

the Diplomatic Service

the civil service

the secret service

voluntary work/service etc

A larger number still provide a wide range of formal and informal voluntary services.

A recent Gallup poll found that 98m adults are involved in voluntary service, a 23% increase in two years.

An alternative to clubs and classes is voluntary work.

But people without a job who have found fulfilling voluntary work or an absorbing hobby also score highly.

Morley took up her evenings but daytime was given to voluntary work.

Several had written books and articles and others were involved in voluntary work.

Use the expertise and facilities of your local authorities and voluntary services for practical help, advice and social activities.

We have a great tradition of voluntary services and charitable giving.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

A private car service is available from the airport.

Any major problems with the car should be picked up at the 5,000 mile service .

Electrical service was cut off from up to five hours in some parts of the country yesterday.

I'm looking for information on family planning services.

I just subscribed to a new e-mail service .

I thought the service in the pizza place was very good.

My car's due for service - I'll book it into a garage next week.

The business, if properly regulated, performs a useful service for lottery winners.

the foreign service

The priest who performed the marriage service is a friend of the family.

the U.S. customs service

There were usually most people at the evening service .

We always go to the service on Sunday morning.

We got incredibly good service at that French restaurant.

We knew the should would never survive if we didn't provide a good service from the minute we opened the doors.

We recommend an annual service for all central heating boilers.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

It's growing out of sync with the rest of service provision and service development, and this has all sorts of spin-offs.

It is important to note that we have greatly increased the number of professionals providing services on a wide range of fronts.

Nevertheless, the share of national income going to government spending on goods and services is now falling.

Social services departments were strongly criticized in the 1980s for not taking more effective action to protect children at risk.

The service starts at 11.00 a.m.

The other sources of free Web space are the many providers of free email services.

Though it offers more sites and possibilities than any on-line service , it can be confusing, and the quality uneven.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

car

Eddie did the shopping, tended the garden, mended the taps and the fuses, and serviced the family car .

Labels are required to prevent cross-contamination by an auto repair shop that services the car at a later date.

We used to service good cars in the old days.

cost

As real interest rates rose, so did the cost of servicing the government's debt.

Moreover once there are separate national currencies, there are costs of servicing the foreign exchange market.

The cost of servicing these liabilities would soar if the peso were devalued.

Soaring inflation meanwhile reduced the real cost of servicing a mortgage.

Interest rates will also affect net worth through influencing the cost of servicing existing debts.

debt

The initial acquisition of the house sucked most people into debt , often more debt than they could service .

loan

Banks' need for capital is greatest when economies are in recession and borrowers can not service their loans .

A lawyer representing the company currently servicing the loan denies Aikens' assertions.

Yet still his outgoings, swollen by servicing the loans , were not covered in their entirety.

need

Every Partnership developing a Compact will design a management structure servicing its particular needs .

My adrenalin surge could service the needs of West Texas for a week.

By keeping close to customers, we are better able to service their needs and we can keep ahead of industry trends.

The union's slogan informs you that it is concerned with servicing the needs of today's musicians.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

domiciliary services/care/visits etc

Developments in day care, the home help service and other domiciliary services were the currency of growth in these departments.

Hence domiciliary visits by medical staff are an integral part of any specialist service.

It supplements care by kin, but families continue to provide the bulk of domiciliary care.

Last year only voluntary Welfare Officer alone, made over 102 domiciliary visits.

Nevertheless, companies trading in domiciliary care are now beginning to multiply - some from a base in the residential sector.

One of the principal domiciliary services is that of home helps.

Success typically gives access to one existing service, such as domiciliary care, and rejects another, such as residential care.

Traditionally the burden of long-term domiciliary care has fallen on women.

pay lip service to sb/sth

It pays lip service to local choices but provides no specific means to make them more rational and efficient.

Politicians pay lip service to crime.

Previous governments have paid lip service to the idea but achieved little.

The conventional methodology tends to pay lip service to user involvement.

The professors all pay lip service to welcoming every point of view, but most really do not.

They pay lip service to equality but they don't want to have to do anything committed about it.

Though everybody pays lip service to performance, politics is often the ultimate arbiter of their fate.

We need to stop paying lip service to them.

premium rate number/line/service

Because of the high cost of providing and gathering this information, Climbline would not exist were it not a premium rate service.

Choice has not been considered in premium rate services.

That is certainly true in the context of telecommunications and, more specifically, in premium rate services.

skeleton staff/crew/service etc

A skeleton staff was on duty to keep the world-wide operations of Royalbion ticking over.

The skeleton staff were no match for Massenga and his team of ex-Security policemen.

The Automobile Association skeleton staff trio will be huddled in front of their personal computer screens relaying road conditions to drivers.

The doc pointed out how appropriate it was to have a Skull in a skeleton crew.

The Republicans and Democrats tick over with a skeleton staff and then hire specialist consultants for each campaign.

There was only a skeleton staff on duty and no one took much notice of him.

Various versions were filmed on closed sets with skeleton crews and strict security.

Without you ghost ferries would cross the Mersey manned by skeleton crews.

social services

the Diplomatic Service

the civil service

the secret service

voluntary work/service etc

A larger number still provide a wide range of formal and informal voluntary services.

A recent Gallup poll found that 98m adults are involved in voluntary service, a 23% increase in two years.

An alternative to clubs and classes is voluntary work.

But people without a job who have found fulfilling voluntary work or an absorbing hobby also score highly.

Morley took up her evenings but daytime was given to voluntary work.

Several had written books and articles and others were involved in voluntary work.

Use the expertise and facilities of your local authorities and voluntary services for practical help, advice and social activities.

We have a great tradition of voluntary services and charitable giving.

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All our machinery is serviced regularly.

Dunn's firm services 72 arts organizations across the nation.

I'm having the car serviced next week.

When was the plane last serviced?

You should have your car serviced every six months.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Especially because they usually split the take with the syndicates who sell and service their output.

The weakness of the economy still makes it harder for companies to service their debt.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.