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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.
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short-time, adjective Unabridged
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  • short-time loans are of two kinds, bank loans and book credit advanced by retail stores.

    Readings in Money and Banking Chester Arthur Phillips
  • These have long been excellent schools; long before the days of the short-time.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • I am most grateful to you for accepting my short-time invitation.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • This rate, the company stated, was on short-time, unsecured paper.

    A Stake in the Land Peter Alexander Speek
  • Fluctuations are rarely rapid and great enough to affect appreciably the debtors and creditors in the case of short-time loans.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • The first step is to cool off the blood which flows to the neck and head by short-time compresses on the neck and on the cervix.

    Valere Aude Louis Dechmann
  • And short-time and lay-offs—well, ye can't expect the factory to go on making golden oak rockers just to store in the sheds.

    John Wesley, Jr. Dan B. Brummitt
  • Finally, the international movements of gold are enormously moved by the short-time rate of interest.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • By time pictures is meant those which are taken with a short-time exposure instead of with a drop-shutter in bright sunlight.

British Dictionary definitions for short-time

short time

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
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