from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Time beyond the regular number of hours; too long hours of labor.
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Also 30-40 yrs ago there was more family stability, less overhours working.
For it is an industrious minion, loves to have work to do, and never complains of overhours.
Therefore he was in the city, working overhours to pay for Babette's pretty follies down at the seaside.
Adam a great deal of trouble and work in overhours to know what he knew over and above the secrets of his handicraft, and that acquaintance with mechanics and figures, and the nature of the materials he worked with, which was made easy to him by inborn inherited faculty — to get the mastery of his pen, and write a plain hand, to spell without any other mistakes than must in fairness be attributed to the unreasonable character of orthography rather than to any deficiency in the speller, and, moreover, to learn his musical notes and part-singing.
Seth might gain more by working at separate jobs under Adam’s direction than by his journeyman’s work, and Adam, in his overhours, could do all the
I only worked at it in overhours — often late at night — and I had to go to Treddleston over an’ over again about little bits o’ brass nails and such gear; and I turned the little knobs and the legs, and carved th’ open work, after a pattern, as nice as could be.
I did this evening when we were told we must work overhours, for it is thanks to the lateness that I have -- prepare yourself, my girl -- I have found the owner of the watch! "