: a unit of one hour's work by one person that is used especially as a basis for cost accounting and wages

Examples of man-hour in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These games included highly detailed scenarios, limited rules built by and adjudicated by a staff of experts (some sources claim that each scenario involved more than 1,000 man-hours to create) and played by senior decision-makers from across the federal government. Jacquelyn Schneider, Foreign Affairs, 26 Dec. 2023 Millions of dollars and hundreds of Sisyphean man-hours were required to preserve the illusion of calm, untouched beauty in harmony with nature. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 That means taxpayers could be on the hook for billions of dollars in wages for millions of man-hours not worked. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 29 Sep. 2023 The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative spent eight months and thousands of man-hours investigating and meticulously documenting China’s practices in a 200-page report. Robert E. Lighthizer, Foreign Affairs, 20 July 2020 In a press briefing Friday, Police Chief Sean McKinney estimated that authorities had used 1,600 man-hours in the search for Gillespie. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 27 May 2023 This is one of the earliest examples of the concept of a man-hour, a labor hour. Camille Bromley, WIRED, 14 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of man-hour was in 1912

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“Man-hour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/man-hour. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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: a unit of one hour's work by one worker used especially as a basis for wages and in accounting
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