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short order

a dish or serving of food that is quickly prepared upon request at a lunch counter.
Origin of short order


[shawrt-awr-der] /ˈʃɔrtˌɔr dər/
of, relating to, or specializing in short orders:
a short-order cook; short-order diner.
performed or supplied quickly:
They obtained a short-order divorce decree.
1900-05 Unabridged
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  • Had they been feeding in the hard wood,—miles of tall trees,—I should have lost them in short order.

    Spring notes from Tennessee Bradford Torrey
  • We might as well get at the core of this thing, in short order.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • It was a sickening struggle, calculated to wear out both combatants in short order.

  • In short order they were hauled up and ordered to leave camp.

    The Mask Arthur Hornblow
  • Chūdayu would worm himself to the bottom of this matter in short order.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
British Dictionary definitions for short order

short order

(mainly US & Canadian)
  1. food that is easily and quickly prepared
  2. (as modifier): short-order counter
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Word Origin and History for short order



of restaurants, from 1897, from adverbial expression in short order "rapidly, with no fuss," from short (adj.) + order (n.).

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Idioms and Phrases with short order

short order

Quickly; see in short order
An order of food to be prepared and served quickly, as in It's just a diner, serving short orders exclusively. This expression, dating from about 1890, gave rise to the adjective short-order, used not only in short-order cook, a cook specializing in short orders, but in other terms such as short-order divorce, a divorce quickly obtained owing to liberal divorce laws.
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