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the witching hour

twelve o'clock at night It's time I was in bed - it's already past the witching hour.
See also: hour, witching

witching hour

Midnight, as in They arrived just at the witching hour. This term alludes to older superstitions concerning a time appropriate to witchcraft and other supernatural occurrences. Shakespeare and others wrote of "the witching time of night." The precise phrase was first recorded in 1835.
See also: hour, witching
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LONDON and NEW YORK, June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It's the witching hour once again
The "spellbinding" find occurred near Lower Black Moss reservoir, in the village of Barley, which nestles in the shadow of Pendle Hill - the UK's premier witching hot-spot.