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public life

noun
1.
public service as an elected or appointed government official.
Origin of public life
1775-1785
First recorded in 1775-85
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  • The virtues which accompanied him into public life did not desert him in private.

  • Is there a detail of my private or public life that you don't meddle with—as it pleases you?

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • But he still lived a public life, in a cage, surrounded by curious men.

    White Fang Jack London
  • I am always conscious of that, Joe; the ramifications of public life are innumerable.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
  • And if his public life was free from all offence, so was his private.

    The Memorabilia Xenophon

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