[af-ter-ouuh rz, -ou-erz, ahf-]


occurring, engaged in, or operating after the normal or legal closing time for business: an after-hours drinking club.

Nearby words

  1. after hours,
  2. after mast,
  3. after one's own heart,
  4. after the fact,
  5. after-dinner,
  6. after-party,
  7. after-ripening,
  8. after-run,
  9. after-school,
  10. afterbeat

Origin of after-hours

First recorded in 1925–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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 term after-hours club, for a drinking club that remained open later than similar establishments. [Mid-1800s]

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