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Beyond the established time that something typically closes or ends. I had to stay after hours in order to finish that report. My father is friends with the shop owner, so she opened it after hours just for me.
be in the club
To be pregnant. Yes, it's true—I'm in the club and about three months along!
be in the pudding club
To be pregnant. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Yes, it's true—I'm in the pudding club and about three months along!
in the (pudding) club
euphemism Pregnant. This is my sister's first time in the club, and she's pretty nervous about the whole thing. But mom and I went through it enough times that she'll have no shortage of advice. Social media has been inundated with rumors that the pop star is in the pudding club following the emergence of some revealing paparazzi pictures online.
join the club
An expression used when two people have something unpleasant in common. Yeah, join the club—I hardly got any sleep night either.
welcome to the club
An expression of glib commiseration used when one shares some unpleasant condition or situation with one or more other people. A: "I've barely gotten any sleep since my daughter was born." B: "Yeah, welcome to the club. That's just your life now that you have kids." A: "I just feel like all of my profits are eaten up by taxes each year." B: "Welcome to the club, buddy."
after the regular closing time; after any normal or regular time, such as one's bedtime. John got a job sweeping floors in the library after hours.
Join the club!
Inf. an expression indicating that the person spoken to is in the same, or a similar, unfortunate state as the speaker. You don't have anyplace to stay? Join the club! Neither do we. Did you get fired too? Join the club!
See also: join
After normal working hours, after closing time; also, after legal or established opening hours. For example, I haven't time while the shop is open, but I can see you after hours, or The restaurant employees sometimes stayed for a meal after hours. This term originally referred to laws governing business hours. It also gave rise to the term after-hours club, for a drinking club that remained open later than similar establishments. [Mid-1800s]
join the club
A phrase used to express sympathy for a common experience. For example, You waited three hours for the doctor? Join the club! [c. 1940]
join the clubor
welcome to the club
You say join the club or welcome to the club when someone has been telling you about their problems or feelings, and you want to show that you have had the same problems or feel the same way. Tory MP, Andrew Smith, confesses he doesn't entirely understand the issue. Join the club, Andrew. You feel exhausted? Welcome to the club.
in the club (or the pudding club)pregnant. British informal
1993 Carl MacDougall The Lights Below Must be serious if you're drinking with the old man. Did you stick her in the club?
join (or welcome to) the clubused as a humorous exclamation to express solidarity with someone else who is experiencing problems or difficulties that the speaker has already experienced.
be in the ˈclub(British English, informal) be pregnant
ˌafter ˈhoursafter the period during which a shop, pub, etc. is open: Pubs are not allowed to sell drinks after hours.
join the ˈclubsaid as a reply to somebody who tells you their bad news when you are or have been in the same situation yourself; an expression of sympathy: ‘I failed the exam again!’ ‘Join the club! Pete, Sarah and I have as well, so don’t worry!’
Welcome to the cluband Join the club and WTTC
sent. & comp. abb. The rest of us are in the same situation. So you’re short of cash? Welcome to the club. You’re just like us. Join the club; we’ve got jackets.