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graveyard shift

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noun
a work shift usually beginning at about midnight and continuing for about eight hours through the early morning hours.
those who work this shift.
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Origin of graveyard shift

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for graveyard shift

graveyard shift

noun
US the working shift between midnight and morning
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