the dead of winter

dead of winter

The middle of winter, which is usually especially cold. I find myself dreaming of tropical islands every year in the dead of winter.
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the dead of winter

the coldest part of winter.
The sense of dead here and in the previous idiom developed in the 16th century from dead time of —, meaning the period most characterized by lack of signs of life or activity.
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"Eighteen months later--that is to say, on the 15th of February, 1837--he sold the sulky and bought a saddle--said horseback-riding was what the doctor had always recommended HIM to take, and dog'd if he wanted to risk HIS neck going over those mountain roads on wheels in the dead of winter, not if he knew himself.
Under every species of discouragement, they undertook the voyage; they performed it in spite of numerous and almost insuperable obstacles; they arrived upon a wilderness bound with frost and hoary with snow, without the boundaries of their charter, outcasts from all human society, and coasted five weeks together, in the dead of winter, on this tempestuous shore, exposed at once to the fury of the elements, to the arrows of the native savage, and to the impending horrors of famine.
It was in the dead of winter and the groom's party went over to the wedding in sledges.
It was nobody's fault-- that was the way of it; and thousands of men and women were turned out in the dead of winter, to live upon their savings if they had any, and otherwise to die.
Its the dead of winter and temps are dropping, so what better time to stay at home and binge on your favorite shows?
Some daffs come up so early they can bloom in the dead of winter. Look out for Narcissus Rijnveld's Early Sensation, which produces big golden trumpets from early January.
Now Lenny has arrived at Hermins mountain cottage, in the dead of winter, once again without explanation.
Christmas falls in the dead of winter, when the landscape is at its most barren and bleak.
But when a hesitant, heavily accented stranger appears in the dead of winter (seemingly out of nowhere, kicking snow from his flimsy dress shoes) the wary Kathleen is intrigued, despite herself.
In the dead of winter, Anchorage could not be reached by train, boat, or airplane, so the government decided to use their famed Alaskan dogs to complete the journey.
Rosemarie Russo ushered a class of five-year-olds on the 107th floor outside to the observation deck, where she had to keep them warm in the dead of winter for three hours, and then led them down 107 flights of stairs, which took another few hours.
Synopsis: In the dead of winter, handwriting expert Claudia Rose journeys to Maine to retrieve a manuscript about convicted female serial killer, Roxanne Becker.
After the shocking murder of a wealthy businessman on the lavish European train barreling its way west in the dead of winter, private detective Poirot must use every tool of his trade to uncover which of the train's eclectic passengers is the killer, before he or she strikes again.
This way, he says, "even in the dead of winter, if nothing is planted out there, we still have the frame of the beautiful stone." On that note: This is your best month to plant cool-season crops.