Definition of overtime in US English:

overtime

noun

  • 1Time in addition to what is normal, as time worked beyond one's scheduled working hours.

    ‘fewer opportunities for overtime’
    as modifier ‘an overtime ban’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of those who work overtime, the average overtime worked is seven hours per week.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There will also be a tiebreaker, to guess my overtime hours, in case there is a draw.’
    • ‘Since 16 February they have worked strictly to their agreed hours and banned unpaid overtime, which the museums depend on to keep functioning.’
    • ‘Instead, the decision enshrines the present work regime, while creating the illusion that workers now have the right to refuse long overtime hours.’
    • ‘Employers added 340,000 jobs, while the length of the average workweek rose and manufacturing workers spent more overtime hours on the job.’
    • ‘In one Wal-Mart supply factory, workers were reportedly ordered not to clock in on Sunday to avoid detection of overtime hours.’
    • ‘The spokesman said the increased workload would have led to additional hours and overtime pay.’
    • ‘The company's answer is to offer bonuses for working seven hour long overtime shifts.’
    • ‘Existing employees who work overtime hours do not incur any additional benefit costs.’
    • ‘Often wages are very low, hours long and forced overtime common.’
    • ‘And how his heart flamed when his loathsome boss slapped on the additional insult of overtime hours or weekend work.’
    • ‘According to student feedback, this workload becomes difficult to manage when combined with overtime hours at work.’
    • ‘The international company insisted that she work in excess of 60 hours per week without overtime compensation.’
    • ‘For employees who continue to work long hours, overtime compensation will remain fertile ground for lawsuits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Among other changes, the measure would change the way in which overtime hours are calculated, from a daily to a weekly basis.’
    • ‘Not content with exploiting the thousands of unpaid overtime hours staff have worked, they reward us by sacking us.’
    1. 1.1 Payment for time worked beyond one's scheduled hours.
      • ‘Management has not paid wages, overtime or welfare payments for May and June.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the building industry up to thirty percent of the wages, such as overtime, is paid as cash wages with no tax deducted.’
      • ‘The workers are seeking the payment of overtime and risk allowances that have not been paid for seven months.’
      • ‘They say sick pay, overtime and machine operating rates would all be worse if the offer was accepted.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These would involve savings areas like overtime, premium payments, travel costs, reductions in replacement of absent staff.’
      • ‘Because salaries are not sufficient to cover living expenses, the workers are desperate to obtain their outstanding overtime and holiday payments.’
      • ‘Nor will overtime be paid under the new wage contract at VW.’
      • ‘The obvious answer is to put more money in by increasing your monthly contributions (or skimming off an annual bonus, overtime or other payment).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The dispute involves the payment of overtime, which York workers believe they are entitled to whenever agency workers are called in.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In addition to the basic pay, and overtime, there is also a wide variety of allowances designed to meet individual personal needs.’
      • ‘Some of the payments were used to pay staff overtime.’
      • ‘The Sri Lankan government has imposed drastic funding cuts to public hospitals and health services for the payment of overtime or extra duty allowances.’
      • ‘Workers on the lower end can struggle on less than minimum wage with no overtime or benefits.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One irate police sergeant attached to the Port-of-Spain Division said he received only part payment of his overtime about two weeks ago.’
    2. 1.2North American Extra time played at the end of a game that is tied at the end of the regulation time.
      ‘they lost in overtime’
      • ‘Do you remember nailing a 37-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in regulation to send that game into overtime?’
      • ‘To say the least, we were stunned that we were headed for overtime in a game we had dominated.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Clippers have rallied to a tie, and the game is going to overtime.’
      • ‘Clearly rattled, Miller bricked the second, the game went to overtime and the Clippers lost.’
      • ‘His two TD returns of deflected passes that won games in overtime are a reflection of his ability to be in the right place.’
      • ‘The Lightning won the game in the second overtime and tied the series, 3-3.’
      • ‘He is a veteran who knows what it takes to win and is not overwhelmed by overtime or elimination games.’
      • ‘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 game went to overtime, for two reasons: 21 offensive rebounds, 50 overall.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The veteran has accounted for four of the team's six victories with field goals in the final seconds of regulation or overtime.’
      • ‘For some reason, they forgot to list the odds against the game going into overtime - which almost happened.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On two occasions, Kansas City valiantly rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to the game into 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.’
      • ‘You figure the worst thing that could happen if you miss it is that the game goes into overtime.’
      • ‘In part because of his judgment, Tennessee won that game in double overtime.’

adverb

  • In addition to normal working hours.

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

overtime

/ˈoʊvərˌtaɪm//ˈōvərˌtīm/