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dogwatch (plural dogwatches)

  1. (nautical) Aboard a ship, either of the two short two-hour watches that take place between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 12, [1]
      [] in the last dog-watch when the drawing near of twilight induced revery []
  2. (by extension) A night shift, or other very late or early period of duty.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow & Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 22:
      The girls we knew were all on the dogwatch, from four to twelve in the morning.
  3. (nautical) A very brief period of naval service.
    • 1972, George Carroll Dyer, The Amphibians Came to Conquer (page 265)
      At that time, Captain Thomas G. Peyton, U.S. Navy, who had only served a dog watch as Captain of the Port at Noumea, New Caledonia, reported for this important billet.