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    Dear all,

    In a law firm, a lawyer was about to get fired but the manager changed his mind and said "I'm not letting you go. Go now to your office and work on your billable hours"

    What is the meaning of "work on your billable hours"? what is "billable"? It seems like some kind of coinage!

    I don't know if there is more context I can provide.

    Thanks a lot.

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    "Billable hours" - the amount of time lawyers spends working for a client for which they can actually charge the client.
    The manage is telling him to go and work on some cases (for which the firm can charge fees), not, for example, sit around discussing abstract theory with colleagues.

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    Lawyers charge their clients on a "per hour" basis. Hours spent working on a client's case are able to be billed to the client. They are "billable hours."

    Lawyers, especially younger ones, are under pressure to create a lot of billable hours for their firms. It's all about the money. This is what you example says. We aren't firing you right now, but if you don't start bringing in more money to the firm, we will fire you.

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    It's like "work on cases that allows the firm to charge from their clients"! I really hope I got it right.

    Thanks,

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