Ter serviço

English translation: we have work to do

Portuguese term or phrase:Ter serviço
English translation:we have work to do
Entered by: Luciano Eduardo de Oliveira

13:33 Aug 6, 2018
Portuguese to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
Portuguese term or phrase: Ter serviço
This phrase appears in dialogue when the narrator calls up his gang of thugs or mercenaries, right before he gives them their orders. The context is: “Meus senhores, vamos ter serviço, e pra já.” I understand that he is telling them they’re going on duty, and right away, but I’m not sure if serviço in this context literally translates to military service or if the phrase as a whole has a more idiomatic translation. To clarify, this is a very informally organized outfit of “vigilantes” and the only term that is ever used to refer to them is “meninos.” Thanks so much for your ideas!
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we have work to do
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4 +6we have work to do
Luciano Eduardo de Oliveira
5service, duty, work
Guilherme Julião



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we have work to do


Luciano Eduardo de Oliveira
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3 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
service, duty, work

It can be a work to do, for workers, for militaries (duty)...

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