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short time

a period or schedule during which the number of working hours is reduced:
The recession has put most of the manufacturing plants on short time.
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short-time, adjective Unabridged
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  • In spite of having known her only for a short time, he doubted this.

    Warrior of the Dawn Howard Carleton Browne
  • For a short time, he questioned the persons brought before him.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • "I have known you—you have known me—such a short time," the girl murmured.

    The Doctor's Wife M. E. Braddon
  • In a short time parts of the wreck began to come down the river.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • Wishing to see how he would keep his vow, they caused him to recover in a short time.

British Dictionary definitions for short time

short time

a system of working, usually for a temporary period, when employees are required to work and be paid for fewer than their normal hours per week due to a shortage of work
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