high noon


noun

the exact moment of noon.
the high point of a stage or period; peak; pinnacle: a book written at the high noon of his career.
Informal. a crisis or confrontation.

Origin of high noon

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for high noon

Historical Examples of high noon

  • There stood his sisters by the quern, For the high-noon cakes they needs must earn.

    Poems by the Way

    William Morris

  • It was now high-noon, and I had eaten nothing since dinner the night before.

  • Thorbiorn came there about high-noon; alone he was, and rode up to the outer door; the door was locked, and no men were abroad.

    The Story of Grettir The Strong

    Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris

  • If there had been, a fellow couldn't be advertising her to the crew of an oil-tanker at high-noon, could he?

    Wide Courses

    James Brendan Connolly

  • It was high-noon when the ship once more issued into the broad bosom of the Pacific.

    Afloat And Ashore

    James Fenimore Cooper