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"short time" in British English

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short timenoun [U]

uk   /ˌʃɔːt ˈtaɪm/  us   /ˌʃɔːrt ˈtaɪm/ (also reduced time) UK
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"short time" in Business English

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short timenoun [U]

uk   us   (also short-time working) UK HR
a situation in which workers work 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 short time. A few weeks ago several Japanese car factories had to go onto short-time working because they didn't have enough steel.
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