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short order

1. Quickly; see in short order.
2. An order of food to be prepared and served quickly, as in It's just a diner, serving short orders exclusively. This expression, dating from about 1890, gave rise to the adjective short-order, used not only in short-order cook, a cook specializing in short orders, but in other terms such as short-order divorce, a divorce quickly obtained owing to liberal divorce laws.
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Photo: Short-order cook Ainsley Dupree (Martha Plimpton) marries the ex-convict she's been corresponding with in ``Eye of God.
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Those participating in the job development program have a choice of working in the short-order kitchen and dining area or in the catering kitchen and food preparation areas.
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