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middle watch Line breaks: mid¦dle watch

Definition of middle watch in English:


The period from midnight to 4 a.m. on board a ship.
Example sentences
  • The ratings, sentries on night watch at a naval barracks, say that the ghost follows them around during the middle watch and they have protested against doing solitary duty on that watch.
  • On March 2, 1874, they almost ran into a large berg during the middle watch.
  • The change to the middle watch was done quickly and quietly and settled into the monotony of the nightwatch.

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