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middle watch

noun, Nautical
the watch from midnight until 4 a.m.
Also called graveyard watch, midwatch.
Origin of middle watch
1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Jack's shall be the 'dog-watch,' as they call it, and mine shall be the 'middle-watch,' and last till morning.

    Jack Tier or The Florida Reef James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for middle-watch

middle watch

(nautical) the watch between midnight and 4 am
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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