swing shift

noun

Definition of swing shift

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 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 Her mother worked the swing shift, from 4 p.m. to midnight, in San Clemente so that one of the parents could always be home with the kids. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of swing shift

1940, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Swing shift.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swing%20shift. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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swing shift

noun

English Language Learners Definition of swing shift

US : a scheduled period of work that begins in the afternoon and ends at night

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