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graveyard shift

a work shift usually beginning at about midnight and continuing for about eight hours through the early morning hours.
those who work this shift.
Origin of graveyard shift
1905-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for graveyard shift
  • He had entered a drug-treatment program and landed a job working the graveyard shift at a condiment factory in the suburbs.
  • Jerry won't be working a graveyard shift, there's no one left to harangue, and the mood will be valedictory.
  • The graveyard shift has always been a lonely one to work, but new data suggest that it may be an unhealthy one as well.
  • People worked the swing shift and then partied through the graveyard shift until dawn.
British Dictionary definitions for graveyard shift

graveyard shift

(US) the working shift between midnight and morning
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Slang definitions & phrases for graveyard shift

graveyard shift

noun phrase

A working shift that begins at midnight or 2 AM (1907+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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