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[French tahn] /French tɑ̃/
noun, plural temps
[French tahn] /French tɑ̃/ (Show IPA).
part of a dance step in which there is no transfer of weight.
Origin of temps
1885-90; < French: literally, time < Latin tempus


[temp] /tɛmp/ Informal.
temporary (def 2).
verb (used without object)
to work as a temporary.
1930-35; by shortening Unabridged
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Examples from the web for temps
  • And you'll have it to yourself in the fall, plus cooler temps.
  • And you'll have it to yourself now that summer crowds are gone, with the bonus of cooler temps.
  • temps are cool, but resorts' heated pools are swimmable, and the sun still shines.
  • He took our temps, looked in our throats and ears, listened to our hearts and lungs and wrote a prescription for penicillin.
  • Hiring temps is a cheap way to fulfill employers' hiring function.
  • One caveat: the high-tech industry is particularly known for hiring its temps as permanent employees.
  • More and more people are contingent workers-- temps and part-timers.
  • The prototype should also work year-round, in freezing or scorching temps.
  • Prior to the coating, inside temps were higher than outside.
  • It reaches peak efficiency with cooler outside temps.
British Dictionary definitions for temps


a person, esp a typist or other office worker, employed on a temporary basis
(intransitive) to work as a temp
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Word Origin and History for temps


1909 (adj.), 1932 (n.), American English, shortened form of temporary (job, employee, etc.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for temps

tell someone what to do with something

verb phrase

(Variations: where to put [or shove or stick or stuff] may replace what to do with) To reject something vehemently and defiantly •A euphemism for stick it up your ass: She told me rudely what to do with my proffered assistance/ The first thing I did when I got home was to tell my old boss where to stick my old job (entry form 1946+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for temps


  1. temperature
  2. temporary [employee]


test and evaluation master plan
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