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24/7

[twen-tee-fawr sev-uh n, ‐fohr‐, twuhn-tee‐] /ˈtwɛn tiˌfɔr ˈsɛv ən, ‐ˌfoʊr‐, ˈtwʌn ti‐/
adverb
1.
continually; constantly:
They're together 24/7.
adjective
2.
continual; constant:
The manufacturer offers 24/7 customer support.
Also, 24‐7, 24×7, twenty-four seven.
Origin
1985-90; shortening of twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
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24/7 definition


Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week: “This convenience store is open 24/7.” The term, which also appears as “24-7,” can be used figuratively to mean “with great time and effort”: “We worked on the design 24/7 in order to complete the work on time.” This phrase was coined in the late twentieth century.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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