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of, relating to, or specializing in short orders:
a short-order cook; short-order diner.
performed or supplied quickly:
They obtained a short-order divorce decree.
a dish or serving of food that is quickly prepared upon request at a lunch counter.
(mainly US & Canadian)

food that is easily and quickly prepared
(as modifier): short-order counter

Quickly; see in short order
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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