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back shift


the work shift during the evening (as 4pm to midnight)


time noun (time and temporal relations)




back shifts

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Princeton WordNet

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Collins Dictionary:

back shift

a group of workers who work a shift from late afternoon to midnight in an industry or occupation where a day shift or a night shift is also worked | ... (29 of 324 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)



Swing Shift [disambiguation]

may refer to: Shift work | Swing Shift (album), a 1997 jazz album by Rik Emmett | Swing Shift (film), a 1984 film by Jonathan Demme | Swing Shift, a stop motion short film by Mike Jittlov | "Swing Shift (Soixante Neuf)", a song by Nash the Slash on his... (46 of 104 words, 5 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Swing Shift


swing shift

the work shift between the day and night shifts (as from 4pm to midnight) | a group of workers in a factory operating seven days a week that work as ... (29 of 77 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/swing shift


swing shift [United States] | swing shifts [plural] | second shift [synonym]

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. (31 of 42 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/swing shift

Oxford Dictionary:

swing shift [North American]

a work shift from afternoon to late evening (8 of 35 words, 1 usage example)


swing shift

Syllabification: (swing shift) | [North American] | a work shift from mid-afternoon to around midnight. (13 of 34 words, 3 definitions)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/swing-shift

Random House Dictionary:

swing shift

a work shift in industry from midafternoon until midnight. | the group of workers on such a shift. (17 of 21 words, 2 definitions)


American Heritage Dictionary:

swing shift

The work shift between the day and the night shifts, usually 4 P.M. to midnight. (15 of 18 words)


New World Dictionary:

swing shift [United States, informal]

the work shift between the day and the night shifts, commonly from 4:00 P.M. to midnight (16 of 18 words)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

shift | shifted [past tense] | shifting [present participle] | shifts [3rd-person singular present] | shift gears

[intransitive/transitive] if an idea, attitude, or plan shifts, or if ... | [intransitive/transitive] to move your body or a part of your body ... (22 of 323 words, 5 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciation)


shift [countable, noun] | shifts [plural]

a period of work time in a factory, hospital, or other place where some ... | a change in something, for example in someone's ideas or opinions | ... (26 of 119 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/shift 28

Cambridge Dictionary:

shift [entry 1]

to (cause something or someone to) move or change from one position or direction to another, especially slightly | [United States] to move the gears ... (24 of 91 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/shift 1

shift [entry 2, British, informal]

to get rid of something unwanted, or to sell something (10 of 44 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/shift 2

shift [entry 3]

a group of workers who do a job for a period of time during the day or night, or the period of time itself (24 of 65 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/shift 3

shift [entry 4]

a change in position or direction (6 of 42 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/shift 4

shift [entry 5]

a simple dress that hangs straight from the shoulders (9 of 17 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/shift 5

Encarta Dictionary:

swing shift | swing shifts [plural] | back shift [human resources, British, sense-specific] | back shifts [human resources, British, sense-specific, plural]

a period of work beginning in the afternoon and ending at night. It overlaps between the day shift and the night shift. | a group of employees working ... (27 of 54 words, 2 definitions)

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