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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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 Brynn, screaming hysterically, ran inside to rouse her husband, Cody, who’d just fallen asleep after his graveyard shift as a road construction foreman. Liz Brody, Glamour, "'I Accidentally Killed My Best Friend's Daughter'—How Two Women Recovered From the Worst Pain Imaginable," 21 Mar. 2018 And fell apart to where the father of six had to take a graveyard shift at Costco to try to make ends meet, according to a story in Billboard. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, "Beatles tribute act Rain, Walker Hayes top Also Playing," 7 Mar. 2018 Elisa Esposito, a mute janitor working the graveyard shift at a secret lab outside Baltimore, befriends and eventually falls in love with an amphibious creature kept in the lab. Janet Potter, Chicago Reader, "How an Evanston writer’s boyhood idea inspired ‘Shape of Water’," 1 Mar. 2018 The children were reared on the graveyard shift, with the family staying up all night and going to bed shortly before dawn, Hestrin said. Amy Taxin, Time, "Prosecutors Lay Out Horrifying Details in 'Severe, Pervasive, Prolonged' Torture of 12 Siblings," 19 Jan. 2018 America’s worst graveyard shift is grinding up workers. Alyssa Mcdonald, Bloomberg.com, "Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of graveyard shift

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of graveyard shift was in 1908

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graveyard shift

noun

English Language Learners Definition of graveyard shift

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

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