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swing shift

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noun
  1. a work shift in industry from midafternoon until midnight.
  2. the group of workers on such a shift.
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Origin of swing shift

First recorded in 1935–40
Related formsswing shifter, noun
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Examples from the Web for swing shift

Historical Examples

  • 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

swing shift

noun US and Canadian
  1. 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
  2. the period worked
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Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): back shift
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