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swing shift

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
Related forms
swing shifter, noun Unabridged
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  • Riuku was glad too, the next afternoon when the swing shift started pouring through the gates.

  • They were waiting up for the father—he's on the swing shift—and the kid wanted ice cream.

    Take the Reason Prisoner John Joseph McGuire
British Dictionary definitions for swing shift

swing shift

noun (US & Canadian)
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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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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