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graveyard shift

[′grāv‚yärd ‚shift]
(industrial engineering)
The shift of workers that begins at or around midnight; the last shift of the day.
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Particularly for those who work graveyard shifts for extended periods of time, it is critically important to develop and maintain a schedule that allows for adequate sleep.
The Eugene-based company, which makes hardwood veneer panels used to build cabinets, furniture and store fixtures, eliminated its graveyard shifts and placed its day and swing shift workers on a 10-hour, four-day work week schedule.
Certain professions, such as nursing and law enforcement, always have held graveyard shifts.
But, Gil told the commission, ``they had gotten into positions where they weren't out there running after suspects, working graveyard shifts or doing any of those difficult things.
Lynch, in his first year with the Indians, appreciates the opportunity, often working graveyard shifts and exhausting vacation time so he can be on time for practices and games.