hot desk
n. A desk that is not assigned to a particular employee, but rather is available for use and can be reserved in advance by a mobile worker whenever they are required to be in the office.
v. To reserve such a desk.

Example Citation:
"And this is a growing trend. Sue Rix, of BT's Workstyle Consultancy, which helps companies cater for mobile workers, says: 'A lot of companies have hot desks and touch-down areas where you can plug in your laptop and download. The original idea came from the cyber cafes that were set up so people could surf the web.' "
—Stephen Hoare, "How to feel at home without the office," The Times, November 23, 1999

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