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middle watch

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noun Nautical.
  1. the watch from midnight until 4 a.m.

Origin of middle watch

First recorded in 1605–15
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Historical Examples

  • 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

noun
  1. nautical the watch between midnight and 4 am
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