- a work shift in industry from midafternoon until midnight.
- the group of workers on such a shift.
Origin of swing shift
First recorded in 1935–40
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Examples from the Web for swing shift
Swing-shift employes, arriving at the factory for work, crowded past the two girls.Guilt of the Brass Thieves
Mildred A. Wirt
- 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
- the period worked
Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): back shift
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