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[shawrt-tahy-mer] /ˈʃɔrtˈtaɪ mər/
noun, Informal.
a person, as a soldier, who has a short period of time left to serve on a tour of duty.
Origin of short-timer
short time + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was a pallid-faced, little dope-fiend of a short-timer who would do anything to obtain the drug.

Word Origin and History for short-timer

"one whose term or enlistment is about to expire," 1906, from short (adj.) + time (n.) + agent noun ending -er (1).

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