graveyard shift

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  1. a work shift usually beginning at about midnight and continuing for about eight hours through the early morning hours.

  2. those who work this shift.

Origin of graveyard shift

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10

Words Nearby graveyard shift Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use graveyard shift in a sentence

  • Not once had she hesitated or turned from the beaten trail, but she had gone down after the graveyard shift.

    Shadow Mountain | Dane Coolidge
  • Another time as the graveyard shift came to the surface the men noticed a peculiar wavering light in the sky.

    The Pinos Altos Story | Dorothy Watson

British Dictionary definitions for graveyard shift

graveyard shift

  1. US the working shift between midnight and morning

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