graveyard shift

noun

Definition of graveyard shift

: a work shift beginning late at night (such as 11 o'clock) also : the workers on such a shift

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Amy had worked the graveyard shift on the West Side for the past three years, and most of her nights were spent dealing with domestic quarrels, chasing kids out of the caves below Cherokee Park or breaking up fights in the taverns along Concord. Larry Millett, Twin Cities, "From the archives: Murder-on-a-stick: A Pioneer Press serial mystery novel (Chapter 1)," 21 Aug. 2019 For decades Bintliff worked the graveyard shift as a printing press operator and Joanne was a typesetter for the same company. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "Mud Maker: The Man Behind MLB’s Essential Secret Sauce," 7 Aug. 2019 That boyish smile and crinkling eyes belie the 40 years Keith Mills has spent in sports broadcasting — the past 13 on WBAL’s graveyard shift — and the drug arrests that scarred him inside, if not out. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "After fighting addiction, WBAL sportscaster Keith Mills retiring as 'a Baltimore treasure'," 27 June 2019 Through the years, the small, dive bar drew in everyone from hospital workers getting off the graveyard shift, college students, businessmen and retirees. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "'You saved it’: Wally’s Liquors doesn’t look the same, but that’s OK, patrons say," 20 June 2019 David Gregory comes every morning after working a graveyard shift as a diesel mechanic. Hailey Branson-potts, latimes.com, "Ghost Ship trial: A weary dad sits in court every day, missing his daughter," 11 June 2019 The mothers and grandmothers oversee the chaos from balconies that overlook the parking lot, waving as their neighbors leave for work or come back from the graveyard shift. Bianca Padró Ocasio, OrlandoSentinel.com, "These Puerto Ricans who fled Hurricane María's destruction built a community at a Super 8 in Kissimmee. Now, they have to leave it.," 27 June 2018 Tyler’s older brother, a medical student named Kelly, was halfway through his graveyard shift at an Ogden, Utah, hospital, stealing glances at his laptop between calls to the ER. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "A College QB's Suicide. A Family's Search for Answers.," 26 June 2018 Holder took a forklift-driver job on the graveyard shift, with a cut in pay, to get away from Long. Christine Willmsen, The Seattle Times, "Long before #MeToo, these Puget Sound women sued, won, strengthened anti-harassment law," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of graveyard shift

1908, in the meaning defined above

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graveyard shift

noun

English Language Learners Definition of graveyard shift

chiefly US : a scheduled period of work that begins late at night and ends in the morning

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