in the dead of night

in the dead of night

during the middle of the night The fire broke out in the dead of night.
See also: dead, night, of

in the dead of night/winter

in the middle of the night or in the middle of winter The fire broke out in the dead of night.
See also: dead, night, of
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But there's no sense in going for it in the dead of night," I objected.
I have heard upwards of ten score of windlasses spring like one into clanking life in the dead of night, filling the Downs with a panic-struck sound of anchors being torn hurriedly out of the ground at the first breath of his approach.
He drew up a placard, offering Twenty Pounds reward for the apprehension of Stephen Blackpool, suspected of complicity in the robbery of Coketown Bank on such a night; he described the said Stephen Blackpool by dress, complexion, estimated height, and manner, as minutely as he could; he recited how he had left the town, and in what direction he had been last seen going; he had the whole printed in great black letters on a staring broadsheet; and he caused the walls to be posted with it in the dead of night, so that it should strike upon the sight of the whole population at one blow.
Sometimes it was Monty crying to him from the bush, sometimes the yelling of those savages at Bekwando seemed to fill the air, sometimes Ernestine was there, listening to his passionate pleading with cold, set face, In the dead of night he saw her and the still silence was broken by his hoarse, passionate cries, which they strove in vain to check.
Her first conscious action, when she was in some degree mistress of herself again, was to lean over the bed, and to look closer at the woman who had so incomprehensibly stolen into her room in the dead of night.
I had less confidence, but he was the mysterious man whom you ran for in the dead of night (you flung sand at his window to waken him, and if it was only toothache he extracted the tooth through the open window, but when it was something sterner he was with you in the dark square at once, like a man who slept in his topcoat), so I did as he bade me, and not only did she laugh then but again when I put the laugh down, so that though it was really one laugh with a tear in the middle I counted it as two.
Careful search of the room revealed nothing to explain either the identity or business of the person who had thus secretly sought me in the dead of night.
It was whisperingly asserted that footsteps, in the dead of night, had been heard descending the garret stairs, and patrolling the house.
The pale young gentleman's nose had stained my trousers, and I tried to wash out that evidence of my guilt in the dead of night.
Seven days ago, after her audience with Zat Arras, Dejah Thoris attempted to slip from the palace in the dead of night.
And to come down in the dead of night, when the house is wrapped in slumbers and weiled in obscurity.
It was slow work pushing through the jungle in the dead of night behind the slow-moving Belgian.
I was far too seriously startled by the suddenness with which this extraordinary apparition stood before me, in the dead of night and in that lonely place, to ask what she wanted.
He had not exactly lost it; he had climbed in the dead of night to the top of the wardrobe and hidden it there.
Had the ill-fated and noble creature taken her last leave of me in the dead of night, trusting the preservation of her secret to the deceitful appearances which persuaded her that I was asleep?