time and a half


Definition of time and a half 

: payment for work (such as overtime or holiday work) at one and a half times the worker's regular wage rate

Examples of time and a half in a Sentence

If they make you work during holidays, they pay you time and a half. We get paid 20 dollars an hour for 40 hours and time and a half for overtime.

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Unlike 39 other states, Massachusetts doesn’t have a lower teen or training wage, and the state is one of only two that require retailers to pay time and a half on Sundays and holidays. Katie Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, "Business owners take on $15 minimum wage, paid leave," 10 Apr. 2018 Still, Sabathia maneuvered his way in and out of trouble his first time and a half through the Astros' lineup. Jake Kaplan, Houston Chronicle, "Astros advance to World Series with Game 7 win over Yankees," 22 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of time and a half

1888, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of time and a half

: a rate of pay that is equal to what a worker usually earns for an hour plus half of that amount

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