swing shift

noun

1
: the work shift between the day and night shifts (as from 4 p.m. to midnight)
2
: a group of workers in a factory operating seven days a week that work as needed to permit the regular shift workers to have one or more free days per week

Examples of swing shift in a Sentence

He works the swing shift.
Recent Examples on the Web For her work, cleaning rooms on the swing shift—between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m.—Mendez makes $21 an hour, and rarely gets tips. Irina Ivanova, Fortune, 21 Oct. 2023 Kenley Jansen wanted to when Alex Cora apologized to ex-Dodgers for Astros cheating June 29, 2023 The Dodgers wasted no time punching in for their swing shift, Betts opening the game with a double off the right-center field wall. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2023 One Hearthside worker, Carolina Yoc, 15, described a grueling schedule of juggling school and eight-hour swing shifts each day, working to nearly midnight packaging Cheerios. Hannah Dreier, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Feb. 2023 One Hearthside worker, Carolina Yoc, 15, described a grueling schedule of juggling school and eight-hour swing shifts packaging Cheerios each day. Hannah Dreier, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2023 His late father used to work swing shifts at a power station. Jessica Guynn, USA Today, 16 Feb. 2023 He’s also taken a job at a call center, accepting a swing shift that will mean missing dinners with his family. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Oct. 2020 Lee, then 35, was about to start the second half of her swing shift Feb. 4, 2020, when a call came over her CTA radio for a supervisor needed immediately at the Red Line’s Jackson stop. Stacy St. Clair, chicagotribune.com, 22 Oct. 2021 Most recently, Lim worked the swing shift, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m., at Community Regional Medical Center. Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of swing shift was in 1940

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“Swing shift.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swing%20shift. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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