from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The occupation or employment of an officer who serves on a staff, especially of one who, not originally a staffofficer, has been detached from his regiment, and attached to a staff.


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  • In fact, I was tired of the every-day sameness of staff-duty and incessant letter-writing.

    Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker

  • "Neither of you officers, I believe, has ever been on staff-duty," said he, suddenly whirling about on his stool, and facing them.

    A Lieutenant at Eighteen


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