from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An order of food prepared and served quickly, as in a diner.

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  • adj. Prepared and served quickly.
  • n. An order of food that can be prepared and served quickly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an order for food that can be prepared quickly


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  • In short order they were up to their shanks in the water and had thrown big rocks in place to act as fulcrums.

    Cold Mountain

  • In short order that had led to this fogbound excavation.


  • In short order she knew all about his recent divorce and his vision of building an empire along the lines of the early Texas Republic.


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  • The definition of onnafyah, as consumers of hurried meals in Manhattan know, is “a short order is being prepared.”

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  • In short order the Snow Goose was ready to sail, only a little ahead of what the captain — his name was Jaim Adarra — had intended.

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