One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The period from 4 to 8 a.m. on board a ship.
- ‘He had gone to bed early, as he was taking first morning watch and the others sat up, gazing at the fire.’
- ‘Kennedy held the morning watch, relieving the other officers from his fidgeting and worry.’
- ‘Hornblower wakened at the last ding of the fifth bell in in the morning watch.’
- ‘In a prelude to life at sea, the dragon boat team learnt the meaning of the ‘morning watch’ when it rose at 4am on March 7 to prepare to compete in the championships.’
morning watch/ˈmôrniNG ˌwäCH/
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