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English definition of “back shift”

back shift

noun [C]     UK (US swing shift)
WORKPLACE, HR a period of work that begins in the afternoon and usually ends before 12 o'clock at night , or the people who work at this time : After that, they worked five weeks on the back shift . The back shift usually went down the mine at about 3 o'clock.
(Definition of back shift noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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