Definition of overtime in English:



  • 1Time worked in addition to one's normal working hours.

    ‘fewer opportunities for overtime’
    • ‘And how his heart flamed when his loathsome boss slapped on the additional insult of overtime hours or weekend work.’
    • ‘Not content with exploiting the thousands of unpaid overtime hours staff have worked, they reward us by sacking us.’
    • ‘In one Wal-Mart supply factory, workers were reportedly ordered not to clock in on Sunday to avoid detection of overtime hours.’
    • ‘The company's answer is to offer bonuses for working seven hour long overtime shifts.’
    • ‘The international company insisted that she work in excess of 60 hours per week without overtime compensation.’
    • ‘Employers added 340,000 jobs, while the length of the average workweek rose and manufacturing workers spent more overtime hours on the job.’
    • ‘Instead, the decision enshrines the present work regime, while creating the illusion that workers now have the right to refuse long overtime hours.’
    • ‘Among other changes, the measure would change the way in which overtime hours are calculated, from a daily to a weekly basis.’
    • ‘Of those who work overtime, the average overtime worked is seven hours per week.’
    • ‘According to student feedback, this workload becomes difficult to manage when combined with overtime hours at work.’
    • ‘The spokesman said the increased workload would have led to additional hours and overtime pay.’
    • ‘Existing employees who work overtime hours do not incur any additional benefit costs.’
    • ‘So, if you use the Internet that long per day and are used to getting 70 hours of overtime charges, than the cable connection is certainly worth getting.’
    • ‘Since 16 February they have worked strictly to their agreed hours and banned unpaid overtime, which the museums depend on to keep functioning.’
    • ‘Yes, it was a brief analysis of the award provisions, finding that there was explicit in the award ordinary hours for casuals and overtime hours.’
    • ‘For employees who continue to work long hours, overtime compensation will remain fertile ground for lawsuits.’
    • ‘Even more remarkably, many office goers and industrial workers had worked extra hours and donated their overtime earnings to raise a fund for the victims.’
    • ‘In peak seasons, she works seven days a week for months at a time - four hours of overtime a day Monday through Friday and two hours of overtime on Saturday.’
    • ‘There will also be a tiebreaker, to guess my overtime hours, in case there is a draw.’
    • ‘Often wages are very low, hours long and forced overtime common.’
    1. 1.1Payment for overtime.
      ‘the company could not afford to pay overtime’
      • ‘Because salaries are not sufficient to cover living expenses, the workers are desperate to obtain their outstanding overtime and holiday payments.’
      • ‘The Sri Lankan government has imposed drastic funding cuts to public hospitals and health services for the payment of overtime or extra duty allowances.’
      • ‘The workers are seeking the payment of overtime and risk allowances that have not been paid for seven months.’
      • ‘The obvious answer is to put more money in by increasing your monthly contributions (or skimming off an annual bonus, overtime or other payment).’
      • ‘In addition to the basic pay, and overtime, there is also a wide variety of allowances designed to meet individual personal needs.’
      • ‘The dispute involves the payment of overtime, which York workers believe they are entitled to whenever agency workers are called in.’
      • ‘The most obvious sign of our victory is that management has agreed to pay strikers their full wages, including scheduled overtime and full bonuses, for the days they were on strike.’
      • ‘One irate police sergeant attached to the Port-of-Spain Division said he received only part payment of his overtime about two weeks ago.’
      • ‘Some of the payments were used to pay staff overtime.’
      • ‘Everything else is tied to performance related pay, a major increase in pay differences between workers in different areas doing the same job, and loss of overtime and bonus payments.’
      • ‘Management has not paid wages, overtime or welfare payments for May and June.’
      • ‘He believes the extra money is being paid as overtime, allowances and bonuses.’
      • ‘The Board will be looking to make savings in areas like overtime, premium payments, travel costs and reductions in replacement of absent staff.’
      • ‘These would involve savings areas like overtime, premium payments, travel costs, reductions in replacement of absent staff.’
      • ‘They also called for the use of legal tender in the dormitory instead of tokens, payment of all overtime worked and the dismissal of some Taiwanese managers.’
      • ‘Trade unions, however, are generally not recognised, and most of them spend a good deal of their time and energy trying to get their meagre wages and overtime paid on time.’
      • ‘They say sick pay, overtime and machine operating rates would all be worse if the offer was accepted.’
      • ‘Nor will overtime be paid under the new wage contract at VW.’
      • ‘Workers on the lower end can struggle on less than minimum wage with no overtime or benefits.’
      • ‘In the building industry up to thirty percent of the wages, such as overtime, is paid as cash wages with no tax deducted.’
  • 2North American Extra time played at the end of a game that is tied at the end of the regulation time.

    ‘they lost in overtime’
    • ‘Four of those five field goals won games for the team, and the fifth sent a game into overtime.’
    • ‘The Texans turned three turnovers into 17 points and blocked a field goal in overtime to keep the game tied.’
    • ‘The veteran has accounted for four of the team's six victories with field goals in the final seconds of regulation or overtime.’
    • ‘His two TD returns of deflected passes that won games in overtime are a reflection of his ability to be in the right place.’
    • ‘On two occasions, Kansas City valiantly rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to the game into overtime.’
    • ‘In part because of his judgment, Tennessee won that game in double overtime.’
    • ‘For some reason, they forgot to list the odds against the game going into overtime - which almost happened.’
    • ‘Not playing overtime and having games end in ties would be more fair than the rules as they stand today, and nobody wants to see ties, so the league needs to make a change.’
    • ‘The Lightning won the game in the second overtime and tied the series, 3-3.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the Clippers have rallied to a tie, and the game is going to overtime.’
    • ‘That came after the Devils finished off the Lightning in the third overtime of Game 5.’
    • ‘I scored 24 points in the fourth, but the game went to overtime.’
    • ‘He is a veteran who knows what it takes to win and is not overwhelmed by overtime or elimination games.’
    • ‘The game went to overtime, for two reasons: 21 offensive rebounds, 50 overall.’
    • ‘To say the least, we were stunned that we were headed for overtime in a game we had dominated.’
    • ‘The loss to the Chiefs marked the seventh time this season that the defense has allowed the winning points in the final three minutes of regulation or overtime.’
    • ‘I don't think we can rest or be happy with the fact that we took them to overtime of the seventh game.’
    • ‘You figure the worst thing that could happen if you miss it is that the game goes into overtime.’
    • ‘Do you remember nailing a 37-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in regulation to send that game into overtime?’
    • ‘Clearly rattled, Miller bricked the second, the game went to overtime and the Clippers lost.’


  • In addition to normal working hours.

    ‘we worked overtime to fulfil a big order’
    figurative ‘his brain was working overtime’
    • ‘Though working overtime the Parkville midfield were strained to contain the dangerous runs of Ross.’
    • ‘One-third of the nurses worked overtime every day they worked during the four weeks.’
    • ‘I was forced to work overtime last night so missed his new programme, any good?’
    • ‘The busiest times are usually during the week but the system was working overtime last weekend.’
    • ‘Workers reported that they were regularly forced to work five hours overtime and do 24-hour shifts for no extra money.’
    • ‘I assure you more than half of the department's own social workers work overtime every week.’
    • ‘Although he only has an income of 800 yuan per month, he works overtime every day.’
    • ‘Yorkshire Water's propaganda machine is working overtime it seems.’
    • ‘He had worked two hours overtime and still he had not got anywhere near the end of what his boss wanted.’
    • ‘‘They force us to work overtime and now they're forcing a contract on us…’ the ad began.’
    • ‘The virtual townscape becomes choked with black smoke, dumper-trucks work overtime carrying waste to the landfill site, fires rage.’
    • ‘And it's not just adults who will be working overtime this Christmas.’
    • ‘Being alone, working overtime everyday in Germany totally rocks!’
    • ‘The 15 Minutes Of Fame Department has been working overtime the last few months, and it gets a bit exhausting at times, but it's all for a good cause.’
    • ‘They should not be forced to work overtime every day to finish their job.’
    • ‘However, it is the wider implications of the Pearson and CLT-Ufa deal which had senior executives working overtime this weekend.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for me, church went overtime this week - outside.’
    • ‘Alvin says he now works overtime to keep his grades up.’
    • ‘They could be working overtime any evening of the week, going on holidays, enjoying the summer, instead of slogging it out three or four evenings a week.’
    • ‘I was just very thankful, think her guardian angel was working overtime that day.’