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 n.— «At the Department of Correction, guards are often forced into mandatory overtime, a practice known as “freezing” that requires them to work 16 consecutive hours.» —“Overtime pay takes big bite of budget” by Cris Barrish News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware) Nov. 11, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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