dead of night

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dead of night (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) Middle of the night.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter VII:
      I was feeling just as I had felt in the old Malvern House epoch when I used to sneak down to [the schoolmaster]'s study at dead of night in quest of the biscuits he kept there in a tin on his desk, and there came back to me the memory of the occasion when, not letting a twig snap beneath my feet, I had entered his sanctum in pyjamas and a dressing-gown, to find him seated in his chair, tucking into the biscuits himself.
    • 1968, Blackbird by the Beatles
      Blackbird singing in the dead of night.
      Take these broken wings and learn to fly.

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  • Commonly used as "in the dead of night", but sometimes "at dead of night" (as if "at midnight").

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