stint

The noun stint means a set amount of time in which you do something — often work of some sort. "She served a stint in the army, followed by a stint in an office setting, before settling on a career as a lounge singer."

Unlike a project or vocation, a stint can refer to the stretch of time spent doing a particular job. You apply for a job, but you refer to your past stint in the Peace Corps. As a verb, stint means to be sparing or frugal, or restrict in a stingy manner ("to skimp"). "The school board chose to make cuts at the administrative level, rather than stint on the children's education."

Definitions of stint
  1. verb
    supply sparingly and with restricted quantities
    synonyms: scant, skimp
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    type of:
    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  2. verb
    subsist on a meager allowance
    synonyms: scrimp, skimp
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    type of:
    save
    spend less; buy at a reduced price
  3. noun
    an unbroken period of time during which you do something
    synonyms: stretch
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    type of:
    continuance, duration
    the period of time during which something continues
  4. noun
    an individual's prescribed share of work
    “her stint as a lifeguard exhausted her”
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    type of:
    chore, job, task
    a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee
  5. noun
    smallest American sandpiper
    synonyms: Erolia minutilla, least sandpiper
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    type of:
    sandpiper
    any of numerous usually small wading birds having a slender bill and piping call; closely related to the plovers
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