night-watch

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
 
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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