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English definition of “short time”

short time

noun [U]     (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.
(Definition of short time noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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