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watch meeting

a religious meeting or service on watch night, terminating on the arrival of the new year.
Also called watch-night service
[woch-nahyt] /ˈwɒtʃˌnaɪt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of watch meeting
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "I wish you would come to the watch-meeting to-night," she said, wistfully.

    In League with Israel Annie F. Johnston
  • Last night after a very successful and powerful meeting at Chambers' Schoolhouse we came to the watch-meeting at Albion.

    Birth of a Reformation Andrew Byers

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