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swing shift

noun
1.
a work shift in industry from midafternoon until midnight.
2.
the group of workers on such a shift.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40
Related forms
swing shifter, noun
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Examples from the web for swing shift
  • All swing shift employees' parking must be authorized via their office's parking coordinator.
  • He was working the swing shift the week of the incident and this was his third day of work.
  • Their work shifts include early morning, swing shift, and weekends.
  • Applicants must be willing to work day shift or swing shift, weekends and holidays.
British Dictionary definitions for swing shift

swing shift

noun (US & Canadian)
1.
a group of workers who work a shift from late afternoon to midnight in an industry or occupation where a day shift or a night shift is also worked
2.
the period worked
Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) back shift
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Slang definitions & phrases for swing shift

swing shift

noun phrase

A work shift between the regular day and night shift, typically from four to midnight (1941+)


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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