a work shift in industry from midafternoon until midnight.
the group of workers on such a shift.
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Origin of swing shift
First recorded in 1935–40
OTHER WORDS FROM swing shiftswing shifter, noun
Words nearby swing shift
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Swing-shift employes, arriving at the factory for work, crowded past the two girls.Guilt of the Brass Thieves|Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for swing shift
noun US and 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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