short time

a period or schedule during which the number of working hours is reduced: The recession has put most of the manufacturing plants on short time.

short-time, adjective Unabridged
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short time or short-time working
a system of working, usually for a temporary period, when employees are required to work and be paid for fewer than their normal hours per week due to a shortage of work
short-time working or short-time working

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Example sentences
Bulbs are dormant only for a short time after leaves wither.
Within a short time, the world would bow to her too.
She returns to the cup a short time later and sniffs it.
Fossilized bone is often fragile and visible on the surface for a short time
  before eroding away.
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