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night shift

the work force, as of a factory, scheduled to work during the nighttime.
the scheduled period of labor for this work force.
Origin of night shift
1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Our finances won't stand the overhead of that night-shift, I tell you," his father warned.

    The Valley of the Giants Peter B. Kyne
  • Thrice, on the night-shift, underneath in the saw-pit, Old Tarwater fainted.

    The Red One Jack London
  • Johnson made no reply, but shortly after left for his work, as he was in the night-shift that week.

    Frank Oldfield T.P. Wilson
  • We were running short of headers for the tie courses, and I put on a night-shift.

    The King of Arcadia Francis Lynde
  • The mills had been running for ten years; they always had a night-shift in Bouton.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • The night-shift was at work in the Myriad below, and the rattle and clank of a dump-car coming out postponed her answer.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • New Years Eve was always suitably observed and celebrated by those on the night-shift.

    Life in a Railway Factory Alfred Williams
  • Do you know I am afraid you must let me have your night-shift too, for the sheet won't do by itself; that I can see.

  • There were certain days in my summer in the mills that burned among the others like a hot ingot of steel on the night-shift.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • The fireman had to stand by his engine on the night-shift in an hour's time, but he saw his way to a pipe, and lit it.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for night-shift

night shift

a group of workers who work a shift during the night in an industry or occupation where a day shift or a back shift is also worked
the period worked
See also back shift
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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