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office hours

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plural noun
  1. the hours during which a professional person or an office conducts regular business.
  2. the hours a person spends working in an office.
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Origin of office hours

First recorded in 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for office hours

Historical Examples

  • And pray, sir,” he continued, “may I ask what are office-hours?

    The Golden Dream

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Returning by the same way, we got back to Mandalay by office-hours on Monday.

    A Civil Servant in Burma

    Herbert Thirkel White

  • Her movements (after office-hours) were slow and very graceful.

  • Then snatch a few minutes before the seven-o'clock whistle blows, or while you hoe, or between office-hours, to look and listen.

    Wild Life Near Home

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • The leaves are late in appearing, but, like Charles Lamb and his office-hours, they make up for it by an early departure.


British Dictionary definitions for office hours

office hours

pl n
  1. the hours during which an office is open for business
  2. the number of hours worked in an office
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