the witching hour


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the witching hour

1. A time of night in which supernatural forces or elements are thought to appear, most often midnight. Halloween was the only night in the year when our parents would let us stay up until the witching hour.
2. The time just before bed when children become overactive or overly excited. Sorry for all the noise, we're heading into the witching hour with the kids now.
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

the witching hour

midnight.
In Shakespeare 's Hamlet, Hamlet declares: ‘Tis now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out contagion to this world’. He is referring to the popular superstition that witches and other supernatural powers are active at midnight.
See also: hour, witching
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