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office hours

plural noun
the hours during which a professional person or an office conducts regular business.
the hours a person spends working in an office.
Origin of office hours
1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • Returning by the same way, we got back to Mandalay by office-hours on Monday.

    A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White
  • The leaves are late in appearing, but, like Charles Lamb and his office-hours, they make up for it by an early departure.

  • "These are my office-hours, madam," he replied, a feeling of mingled curiosity and repulsion taking possession of him.

  • You don't want to get it into your head, though, that because your wife hasn't any office-hours she has a soft thing.

    Old Gorgon Graham George Horace Lorimer
  • Then snatch a few minutes before the seven-o'clock whistle blows, or while you hoe, or between office-hours, to look and listen.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
  • From the time when his "tum-tum" arrives at the close of office-hours and the "Sahib" bowls merrily homewards, a new life begins.

    Burma R.Talbot Kelly
  • It was after office-hours when I found my way down the ancient stairway and into the courtyard.

    Huts in Hell Daniel A. Poling
  • These things are worn at home during siestas, after office-hours, and at night.

  • And pray, sir,” he continued, “may I ask what are office-hours?

    The Golden Dream R.M. Ballantyne
  • It was past office-hours, and Jenifer having been told that Peter would dine up-town, had departed on his own leave of absence.

British Dictionary definitions for office-hours

office hours

plural noun
the hours during which an office is open for business
the number of hours worked in an office
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Contemporary definitions for office-hours

the hours and days set by a professional for office consultations's 21st Century Lexicon
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