graveyard shift

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noun
  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

1
An Americanism dating back to 1905–10

Words Nearby graveyard shift

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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

noun
  1. US the working shift between midnight and morning

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