stretch-out

stretch-out

(strĕch′out′)
n.
1.
a. The act of stretching out.
b. The condition of being stretched out.
c. An extension or prolongation, such as the time required for paying a debt.
2. An increase in the work required of industrial workers without a commensurate pay increase.
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stretch′-out`



n.
1. a deliberate extension of time for meeting a production quota.
2. a method of labor management by which employees do additional work, often without an increase in wages.
[1925–30]
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