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straight time

noun

  1. the time or number of hours established as standard for a specific work period in a particular industry, usually computed on the basis of a workweek and fixed variously from 35 to 40 hours.
  2. the rate of pay established for the period ( overtime ).


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Other Words From

  • straight-time adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of straight time1

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60

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Example Sentences

This meant that the steel workers were to get thereafter time and one half after eight hours, instead of straight time.

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