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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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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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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