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high noon

1. Literally, at or very near midday (noon). It's only 9 AM and the heat out here is sweltering; by high noon, that sun will be deadly.
2. The peak or most advanced stage of a given period. At the high noon of the economic boom, people spent money on the most ridiculous things. The actor had been a household name at the high noon of his career, but nowadays, there are few who even remember him.
3. The critical or appointed time of a decisive confrontation, crisis, or contest. It's high noon for these two teams, as the result of this game will determine who makes it to the finals.
See also: high, noon

morning, noon, and night

if you do something morning, noon, and night, you do it most of the time They've been working morning, noon, and night to finish the decorating before the baby's born.
See also: and, night
References in classic literature ?
But this statement is not mathematically correct, because the equinox does not necessarily begin at noon.
About noon, he came to another deserted camp of his men; but soon after lost their trail.
The Fourth arrived, and punctual Paul Came, with his legal friend, at noon.
By the time that it wanted only three minutes to noon, the droll object in question was perceived to be a very diminutive foreign-looking young man.
The good people of the borough had scarcely a chance, however, to get their eyes thoroughly open, when, just as it wanted half a minute of noon, the rascal bounced, as I say, right into the midst of them; gave a chassez here, and a balancez there; and then, after a pirouette and a pas-de-zephyr, pigeon-winged himself right up into the belfry of the House of the Town Council, where the wonder-stricken belfry-man sat smoking in a state of dignity and dismay.
I've set that old regulator up faster and faster, till I've shoved it clear around, but it don't do any good; she just distances every watch in the ship, and clatters along in a way that's astonishing till it is noon, but them eight bells always gets in about ten minutes ahead of her anyway.
But we had to change our purpose about San Miguel, for a storm came up about noon that so tossed and pitched the vessel that common sense dictated a run for shelter.
Each morning was like the one that had preceded it; noon poured down the same exhaustless rays, and night condensed in its shadow the scattered heat which the ensuing day would again bequeath to the succeeding night.
I'll give you until noon, Daddy," said the girl in a voice which carried a more strongly defined tone of authority than her father's soft drawl, "and then I shall come into that room, if I have to use an axe, and bring you out--do you understand?
All right, sweetheart, I'll be through by noon for sure--by noon for sure.
TWO TRAVELERS, worn out by the heat of the summer's sun, laid themselves down at noon under the widespreading branches of a Plane-Tree.
He breakfasted in bed, and remained wallowing there with an air of quiet enjoyment till noon every day - and sometimes even to a later hour.
What his business was he did not say; but after his engagement to Winnie he took the trouble to get up before noon, and descending the basement stairs, make himself pleasant to Winnie's mother in the breakfast- room downstairs where she had her motionless being.
As I'm alive, master, I've walked the twelve long miles, and waited here I don't know how long, and had no drink between my lips since dinner-time at noon.
Upon the following day at noon, Mrs Jarley established herself behind the highly-ornamented table, attended by the distinguished effigies before mentioned, and ordered the doors to be thrown open for the readmission of a discerning and enlightened public.