in the dead of winter

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in the dead of winter

In or during the middle of winter, especially at its coldest, darkest period. I find myself dreaming of tropical islands every year in the dead of winter.
See also: dead, of, winter
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This seaport in the dead of winter is as close as you can get to the 15th century without a time machine.
His idea of a perfect getaway is retreating for a week to his small cottage in the west of Ireland in the dead of winter.
In the dead of winter, meanwhile, traditional music sessions seem to have a special resonance, because the days are short, which means the nights are long.