Definition of after hours in US English:

after hours


  • After normal working or opening hours, typically those of bars and nightclubs.

    as adverb ‘she was going in to work after hours’
    as adjective ‘an after-hours jazz club’
    • ‘I made good friends there, often hanging out after hours, drinking and sharing stories.’
    • ‘I remember being caned for talking after hours when the lights were out.’
    • ‘For several years, he worked as a caddie and secretly played the course before hours and after hours.’
    • ‘In order to help keep the building secure, it is currently locked after hours.’
    • ‘The clinic operates after hours, using daytime workers but paying them overtime.’
    • ‘It was fun to be there after hours in a dark and empty building.’
    • ‘In some after-hours clubs, the music was shut off and the TV turned up for the half hour Small Wonder was on.’
    • ‘Teaching was only one of her jobs: after hours, she also worked for a theatre restaurant in a principal acting role.’
    • ‘The service was started in an effort to ensure that both staff and students felt safe when on the campus after hours.’
    • ‘She knew I had an upcoming informal work function after hours so she suggested it would be the perfect opportunity.’
    after hours, after office hours, overtime, past the usual closing time, past the usual finishing time, past the usual stopping time
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