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shorthand

noun [U]
 
 
/ˈʃɔːthænd/
(also stenography) WORKPLACE, MEETINGS a system of writing that uses lines and symbols to represent words and is used to record what someone says as they are speaking: do/know shorthand I couldn't do shorthand so they said they couldn't hire me as a secretary.in shorthand Today's secretaries are just as likely to tell their boss how to use a laptop as to take a letter in shorthand.
be shorthand for sth to be a short or quick way of referring to something: Wi-fi is shorthand for wireless fidelity. to be another way of saying that something has a particular quality: With some products "made in the U.S.A." remains shorthand for reliability.
(Definition of shorthand from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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