time of day

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time of day (plural times of day)

  1. (archaic) The time according to the clock.
  2. A loosely specified period of time, minutes or hours in duration, especially daytime, or point in time.
    "At what time of day and year are the winds strongest?" / "Winter mornings, I think."
    There was no time of day that ever seemed appropriate.
    She would fold laundry at this time of day.
    I love that time of day. The light is magical.
  3. (obsolete, except in an idiom, by ellipsis) The greeting appropriate to the time of day.
    The girl walking down the street wouldn't give Holden Caulfield the time of day.
    (Used in The Catcher and The Rye written by J.D. Salinger)

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  • (time according to the clock): time, clock time, o'clock (mostly dialect)
  • (loosely specified period of time): time
  • (loosely specified point in time): time, hour
  • (greetings appropriate to the time of day):

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