One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of two short watches on a ship (4–6 or 6–8 p.m.).
- ‘On blockade duty individual captains could alter the watch routine by splitting the period from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M. into two 2-hour watch segments called dogwatches.’
- ‘On dogwatches he conferred lengthily with the reporter, back now with the most complete report on wartime England yet made by an American.’
- ‘The forenoon of each day was taken up cleaning and servicing the aircraft, but in the afternoon and during the dogwatches different sports contests were arranged.’
- ‘These dogwatches are really good; I could get used to two hours of work and with that half your day's graft done.’
- ‘The latter half of the first dog watch found Hornblower next to McMasters, officer of the first dogwatch.’
- ‘The dogwatches last only two hours each so the same sailors aren't always on duty at the same time each afternoon.’
- ‘In addition to the night watches there were the so-called dogwatches with a man in the tower and, in case of fog or a snowstorm, there was daytime beach patrol.’
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