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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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  • In a short time, I shall not have sufficient strength to impart all I have to say.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • This was my position on the plantation a short time after school was out for the term.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • After traveling a short time I came to a house by the road-side.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • He had but a short time to wait before the train left, and bore him away.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • Not recognizing her, our store detective detained her for a short time.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
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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