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  • n. A period of reduced work hours.


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  • Accustomed to felling of timber and to grubbing up trees, they are very ready at earthworks and palisading, and they will cover and entrench themselves wherever they are for a short time left unmolested with surprising alacrity. . .

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • But in the short time he had been away, the people of Aspendus had found their courage and now shut the gates of the city in his face, fleeing to their acropolis.

    Alexander the Great

  • A short time later, Revere crossed a plank bridge that took him into Medford, where I awaked the Captain of the minute men: and after that I alarumed almost every house—shouting ‘The regulars are out!’

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • A penance of a week, a quarantine, or a year might be accomplished in a short time by accumulating psalters, genuflexions, palmatœ (blows on the breast with the palm of the hand), or by condensing two days of slight into one of severe fasting.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Research shows that all too many of the elderly who are sent to standard-care homes for the aged die within a relatively short time after entering24—short like a year or less!

    The Time Paradox

  • A short time later, far from throwing in his lot with the secessionists, the pirate king Jean Lafitte a man without a country and a smuggler and slave trader showed himself to be nevertheless a great patriot and a true believer in the American idea.

    City of Glory

  • Government, he had charge for a short time of the theological seminary at Molsheim; in 1829 he became superior of the seminary for priests at Strasburg and professor of dogmatics, theology, and homiletics.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • When I raced out of my apartment a short time later, Mrs. Armando was waiting for me at the foot of the stairs, sweeping up great clouds of nothing in the dim indoor light.

    Miss Misery

  • Well-organized troops of man-hunters, the so-called Mamelucos, had in a short time depopulated the plateau of Sao Paulo, and from 1618 onwards threatened also the Reductions to which the startled Indians hastened from all sides.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • IN LATE JULY, a short time after the celebration of the hundredth birthday of the Statue of Liberty, Father Lawrence Martin Jenco, former head of Catholic Relief Services in Lebanon, was given his freedom in Beirut.

    An American Life


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