Let's say you work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. But today wi'll have to do extra hours, working longer than you usually do. Are there any good expressions for that?

I'll also ask you to say where the expression is used, if it's AE or BE, If it's from Philly or LA, and so on.

Thank you

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    'Overtime' is given without caveats both in AHDEL and Collins; it is commonly used in the UK. Commented Jan 15, 2015 at 11:14
  • 'Overtime' is normal in America, as well. For shift workers, 'double shift' might also have some meaning.
    – Coty Johnathan Saxman
    Commented Jan 15, 2015 at 11:34

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Simply "I'll be working late" would be understood that way.

"I'll be working overtime" would also apply, though overtime generally only covers extra hours that are done for extra pay, and not if you get paid a fixed salary regardless.

  • Overtime isn't always paid. If a contract sets out how many hours there are in a normal working week, then anything above that would be overtime, whether or not it is paid.
    – Simon B
    Commented Jan 15, 2015 at 13:09
  • @SimonB but many people would not refer to that as overtime, though some indeed would.
    – Jon Hanna
    Commented Jan 15, 2015 at 13:10

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