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"short time" in British English

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short timenoun [U]

uk   us   (also reduced time) UK
a ​situation in which the ​people who ​work at a ​factory or in an ​officework fewer ​days or ​hours than ​usual for less ​money because there is not much ​work to do: He's been put onshorttime because ​business is so ​quiet.
(Definition of short time from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"short time" in Business English

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short timenoun [U]

uk   us   (also short-time working) UK HR
a ​situation in which ​workerswork fewer ​hours or days than usual because there is not much ​work to do: on short time Hundreds of ​people in the ​company are now on ​shorttime. A few weeks ago several Japanese ​carfactories had to go onto short-time ​working because they didn't have enough ​steel.
(Definition of short time from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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