a person, as a soldier, who has a short period of time left to serve on a tour of duty.
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Origin of short-timer
short time + -er1
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Examples from the Web for short-timer
Contemporary Examples of short-timer
Even if Gingrich is a short-timer in the 2012 race, Romney should not despair.2012 Flip-Flopping Olympics
May 20, 2011
Historical Examples of short-timer
He was a pallid-faced, little dope-fiend of a short-timer who would do anything to obtain the drug.The Jacket (The Star-Rover)
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper