dead of night

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dead of night

The middle of the night. Why are you calling me in the dead of night? Can't this wait till morning?
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the dead of night

the quietest, darkest part of the night.
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(in) the ˌdead of (the) ˈnight


at ˌdead of ˈnight

in the quietest, darkest hours of the night: She crept in at dead of night, while they were asleep. OPPOSITE: in broad daylight
See also: dead, night, of
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In a little narrow corridor, near by, they showed us where many a prisoner, after lying in the dungeons until he was forgotten by all save his persecutors, was brought by masked executioners and garroted, or sewed up in a sack, passed through a little window to a boat, at dead of night, and taken to some remote spot and drowned.
In the dead of night the echoes of his own words, which had rolled Heaven knows how far away in the daytime, came back instead, and abided by him until morning.
She was as true as tempered steel; there were not two of us to whom she wrote and sent roses at dead of night.
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.
Captain Kidd buried untold wealth in the chowder kettle at the dead of night, and shot both the trusting villains who shared the secret of the hiding place.
He was buried at dead of night in his own cathedral and laid by Stella's side, and over his grave were carved words chosen by himself which told the wayfarer that Jonathan Swift had gone "Where savage indignation can no longer tear at his heart.
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.
Here, too, he read of men who, lying in their beds at dead of night, had been tempted (so they said) and led on, by their own bad thoughts, to such dreadful bloodshed as it made the flesh creep, and the limbs quail, to think of.
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?
David's Hall; you've kept me locked up, dosed me with drugs, brought me down here at the dead of night, kept me a prisoner in a dungeon.
A spot was shown me in the sleeping ward, where a watchman was murdered some years since in the dead of night, in a desperate attempt to escape, made by a prisoner who had broken from his cell.