- the work force, as of a factory, scheduled to work during the daytime.
- the scheduled period of labor for this work force.
Origin of day shift
First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for day shift
The day-shift always ran the risk of being missed at roll-call, which was held every morning and afternoon.Brave Deeds of Union Soldiers
As if it wasnt bad enough to come here anyway but that I must needs come now just when the day-shift is getting home!The Turn of the Tide
Eleanor H. Porter
The mine whistle blared, and a rattle of miners' carts followed, as the day-shift dispersed to town.
Towards eight o'clock the day-shift came to an end and the night-shift began.Combed Out
Fritz August Voigt
He stamped your letter and sent it to town yesterday by one of the day-shift men.
- a group of workers who work a shift during the daytime in an industry or occupation where a night shift or a back shift is also worked
- the period worked
See also back shift
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