high noon

the exact moment of noon.
the high point of a stage or period; peak; pinnacle: a book written at the high noon of his career.
Informal. a crisis or confrontation.

1350–1400; Middle English

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Example sentences
The park is not at its best at high noon when the crushing sun seems to level the landscape.
But even as high noon approached, the major protagonists drew back.
While it is there, it is always high noon, and even the water has the restless glare that goes with that hour.
Human eyes, for example, are functional in bright sunlight at high noon and under dim starlight on a moonless night.
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