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[af-ter-ouuh rz, -ou-erz, ahf-] /ˈæf tərˈaʊərz, -ˈaʊ ərz, ˈɑf-/
occurring, engaged in, or operating after the normal or legal closing time for business:
an after-hours drinking club.
Origin of after-hours
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Idioms and Phrases with after hours

after hours

After normal working hours, after closing time; also, after legal or established opening hours. For example, I haven't time while the shop is open, but I can see you after hours, or The restaurant employees sometimes stayed for a meal after hours. This term originally referred to laws governing business hours. It also gave rise to the termafter-hours club, for a drinking club that remained open later than similar establishments. [ Mid-1800s ]
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