American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The work shift between the day and the night shifts, usually 4 P.M. to midnight.
- n. US A work shift between a day shift and a night shift, such as from 4PM to midnight, and the group of workers scheduled to work such a shift at a facility.
- n. the work shift during the evening (as 4 p.m. to midnight)
“Late in July, he read in the paper about a local bachelor who worked swing shift at Lockheed and owned a valuable coin collection.”
“She has burned out on the job or lost her way or stopped believing in it, and while her colleagues were polite at first, there were no illusions once she was put on swing shift — swig shift it is called, the refuge of burnouts and department drunks six months from retirement.”
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