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short subject

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noun Movies.
  1. a short film, as a documentary or travelogue, shown as part of a program with a feature-length film.
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Origin of short subject

First recorded in 1940–45
Also called short.
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short subject

noun
  1. mainly US a short film, esp one presented between screenings of a feature film
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