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graveyard

[greyv-yahrd] /ˈgreɪvˌyɑrd/
noun
1.
a burial ground, often associated with smaller rural churches, as distinct from a larger urban or public cemetery.
2.
Informal. graveyard shift.
3.
a place in which obsolete or derelict objects are kept:
an automobile graveyard.
Origin of graveyard
1765-1775
First recorded in 1765-75; grave1 + yard2
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  • And he stood there lookin', and he says to me: 'No, Katy, that is a graveyard.'

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • On walks along the waterfront he would treat it all like a graveyard.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • So you stop away from school, and I find you in the graveyard!

  • But he rather liked to visit the graveyard on Sunday afternoons.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Kendrick, I wasn't so far off when I talked about that graveyard trip, eh?

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for graveyard

graveyard

/ˈɡreɪvˌjɑːd/
noun
1.
a place for graves; a burial ground, esp a small one or one in a churchyard
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Word Origin and History for graveyard
n.

1773, from grave (n.) + yard (n.1). Graveyard shift "late-night work" is c.1907, from earlier nautical term, in reference to the loneliness of after-hours work.

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