swing shift

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  1. a work shift in industry from midafternoon until midnight.

  2. the group of workers on such a shift.

Origin of swing shift

First recorded in 1935–40

Other words from swing shift

  • swing shifter, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for swing shift

swing shift

nounUS 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

  • Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): back shift

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