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[fleks-tahym] /ˈflɛksˌtaɪm/

a system of working that allows an employee to choose, within limits, the hours for starting and leaving work each day.
a system permitting flexibility of working hours at the beginning or end of the day, provided an agreed period of each day (core time) is spent at work

1972, translating German Gleitzeit “sliding time.” See flex + time (n.).


Flexible working time that varies as to hours and days worked: flextime for working mothers and fathers in business

[1970s+; fr the trademark of a device used to record the hours an employee works]


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