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middle watch

noun, Nautical.
the watch from midnight until 4 a.m.
Also called graveyard watch, midwatch.
Origin of middle watch
First recorded in 1605-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He had written two letters in the middle watch, one to the Company and the other to me.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • The middle watch was mustered duly at midnight, and the former one retired.

    Grace Darling

    Eva Hope
  • One night we had the middle watch, and were together on the look-out forward.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • At last, one night, when it was my middle watch on deck, Jim came aft to me.

    Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston
  • There had been a stark calm since the commencement of the middle watch.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • It came at length, towards the end of the middle watch, and as before, astern.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • Rayner had just come on deck to relieve Oliver, who had the middle watch.

  • All hands were roused up in the middle watch to reef topsails.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
  • It is only to request that I may not keep the middle watch to-night.

    The King's Own Captain Frederick Marryat
  • It is the middle watch of the night—the first after leaving San Francisco.

British Dictionary definitions for middle watch

middle watch

(nautical) the watch between midnight and 4 am
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