or dog watch
[dawg-woch, -wawch, dog-]
- Nautical. either of two two-hour watches, the first from 4 to 6 p.m., the latter from 6 to 8 p.m.
- Also called lobster shift, lobster trick, sunrise watch. Journalism Slang. the period, after the regular editions of a newspaper have gone to press, during which staff personnel remain on duty to await any new developments that may warrant an extra issue.
- Informal. any night shift, especially the last or latest one.
Origin of dogwatch
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- either of two two-hour watches aboard ship, from four to six p.m. or from six to eight p.m
- NZ a shift from midnight to six a.m. in a mine
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