lobster shift
noun Date: circa 1933 a work shift (as on a newspaper) that covers the late evening and early morning hours — called also lobster trick

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • lobster shift — ☆ lobster shift or lobster trick n. [< LOBSTER, used as slang term of derision (? because lobsters were considered to be stupid)] Informal the night shift of a newspaper staff, or now of any working force …   English World dictionary

  • lobster shift — noun or lobster trick 1. : a tour of duty especially in newspaper work that covers the late evening or early morning hours : graveyard shift 2. : the skeleton staff left on duty in a newspaper office from the time one edition has gone to press… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lobster shift — noun a work shift that covers late evening and early morning hours. My boss stuck me on the lobster shift, I have to work 11pm to 7am. Syn: graveyard shift, midnight shift, third shift …   Wiktionary

  • lobster shift — Informal. 1. Also called lobster trick. dogwatch (def. 2). 2. See graveyard shift. * * * …   Universalium

  • lobster shift — lob′ster shift n. Informal. inf a late night work shift, esp. at a newspaper office. Also called lob′ster trick …   From formal English to slang

  • lobster trick — noun see lobster shift …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lobster trick — noun see lobster shift …   Useful english dictionary

  • shift — Synonyms and related words: Doppler effect, aberrancy, aberration, about ship, about the bush, about face, accommodation, action, ad hoc measure, adaptation, adjustment, advance, alchemy, alter, alteration, alternate, ameliorate, amelioration,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • graveyard shift — 1. a work shift usually beginning at about midnight and continuing for about eight hours through the early morning hours. 2. those who work this shift. Also called graveyard watch, lobster shift. [1905 10, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • swing shift — Synonyms and related words: anchor watch, bit, day shift, dogwatch, full time, graveyard shift, half time, lobster trick, night shift, overtime, part time, relay, shift, split schedule, split shift, stint, sunrise watch, time, tour, tour of duty …   Moby Thesaurus

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