night watch

noun
1.
a watch or guard kept during the night.
2.
a person or the persons keeping such a watch.
3.
Usually, night watches. the periods or divisions into which the night was divided in ancient times.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English

night watching, noun
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Night Watch, The

noun
a painting (1642) by Rembrandt.
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night watch
 
n
1.  a watch or guard kept at night, esp for security
2.  the period of time the watch is kept
3.  a person who keeps such a watch; night watchman

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Campers settling in for the night watch the unfolding drama of our galaxy as stars uncloak one by one.
The house parents or night watch staff prepare breakfast, which the students eat in the dining areas of their cottage wings.
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