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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Recent Examples on the Web After working a graveyard shift at UPS, Luigi got into a car crash. Los Angeles Times, "Leader of Dodgers’ substantial community efforts knows loss as well as achievement," 3 Nov. 2020 One night in early May, a ventilator alarm went off during the graveyard shift. USA Today, "'Still killing us': The federal government underfunded health care for Indigenous people for centuries. Now they're dying of COVID-19," 21 Oct. 2020 Bots like Dash are often most active during the graveyard shift when staffs are thin, and during peak check-in times when desk agents are too busy to quickly deliver a bar of soap to the 10th floor. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "‘Robots don’t sneeze.’ Hotels, hospitals, offices turning to delivery bots during coronavirus pandemic," 7 Oct. 2020 His father works the graveyard shift at the Franz bakery in Northeast Portland, about nine miles away. oregonlive, "David Douglas High’s Jared Cetz says ‘you don’t need to be blood to be family:’ 2020 senior portraits," 1 June 2020 She was put on the schedule for the next graveyard shift. Erika Hayasaki, The Atlantic, "One Woman’s Quest to Donate Plasma to Her Husband," 5 May 2020 Her husband works graveyard shifts at a food packaging plant. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "A working parent’s shelter-in-place quandary: Keep paying for childcare you can’t use?," 5 Apr. 2020 In his sophomore year, while on the graveyard shift at his part-time job, Dunn suddenly felt knifelike pains in his stomach. Nanette Asimov, SFChronicle.com, "Ex-students blame for-profit Academy of Art University in SF for crushing debt," 18 Feb. 2020 The place that employed Easterling and Bocks was a sprawling, 1,050-acre site, and the two worked the graveyard shift. cincinnati.com, "Death, lies and uranium: How an Ohio man’s mysterious disappearance in 1984 still haunts family, friends," 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of graveyard shift

1908, in the meaning defined above

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“Graveyard shift.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/graveyard%20shift. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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