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the graveyard shift

a period of time late at night, when people have to work, often in hospitals or factories I'm working the graveyard shift this week.
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graveyard shift

n. the night shift of work in a factory, usually starting at about midnight. (see also swing shift.) The pay is pretty good on the graveyard shift.
See also: graveyard, shift
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A muffled sound of voices floated up from the far end of the graveyard.
So they followed and heard the music grow lively, saw the banners wave in the breeze again when the graveyard was passed, and watched the company file into the dilapidated old church that stood at the corner of three woodland roads.
But if I may hazard a guess, you want me to help you arrest one of the corpses in the graveyard.
He comes by night to the old graveyard at the White Church.
And when the play was over the graveyard was a sorry sight with trodden grass and broken headstones.
I am so fond of romantic things, and a graveyard full of buried hopes is about as romantic a thing as one can imagine isn't it?
I feel as if something was reaching out of the graveyard to hold me-- something that wanted life--I don't like it--let's hurry.
Oh, yes, lots of them--over yonder," said Miss Cornelia, waving her hand through the open window towards the little graveyard of the church across the harbor.
His face just looks like one of those long, narrow stones in the graveyard, doesn't it?
In the middle of the graveyard stood a stone church with a green cupola where he used to go to mass two or three times a year with his father and mother, when a service was held in memory of his grandmother, who had long been dead, and whom he had never seen.
Lahore -- Special Monitoring Unit Law and Order will set up model graveyards across five cities in Punjab under the title Shehr-e-Khamoshan.
TIMERGARA -- The former president of the district bar Timergara and senior pleader Hazrat Reman and Tehsil Bar Lal Qila President Iqbal ur Rehman on Tuesday appealed to the chief justice of Peshawar High court to take suo moto action against the land grabbers of various graveyards in Dir Lower.
MULTAN -- DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal said on Friday that model graveyards would be set up in Multan and burial services would be provided to the poor free as per orders of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
Councillors say only 23 graveyards have been listed by the Jaffari Waqf (Endowments) Directorate, which has led to people taking land for house extensions or illegally claiming property by sealing off what was left unfenced.
The festival, which is observed throughout the night, sees a lot of activity in the Muslim graveyards and later, at mosques.