witching hour


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witching hour

n.
1. An hour when supernatural events are thought to occur, especially midnight.
2. The hour before the closing of the stock market on the third Friday of the month, when two or more classes of options or futures expire, known for its high trading volume and volatile prices.
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witching hour

n
(Alternative Belief Systems) the witching hour the hour at which witches are supposed to appear, usually midnight
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witch′ing hour`


n.
midnight.
[1825–35]
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Translations

witching hour

[ˈwɪtʃɪŋˌaʊəʳ] N (hum) → hora f de las brujas
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I turned in the direction of the Earl's house, as it was now 'the witching hour' of five, and I knew I should find them ready for a cup of tea and a quiet chat.
Then, as he wended his way by swamp and stream and awful woodland, to the farmhouse where he happened to be quartered, every sound of nature, at that witching hour, fluttered his excited imagination, --the moan of the whip-poor-will from the hillside, the boding cry of the tree toad, that harbinger of storm, the dreary hooting of the screech owl, to the sudden rustling in the thicket of birds frightened from their roost.
MUGGLES beware - the witching hour is finally at hand.
Witching hour is 7.30pm, the setting is the Terrace Suite and, should you survive the evening, carriages at 11.30pm.
What other imaginative creations can the children of Merseyside come up with before the Witching Hour arrives on October 31?
THERE were some strange goingson in the centre of Cardiff as witching hour approached.
THE witching hour is fast approaching so keep your little horrors happy this Hallowe'en and kit them out in the coolest costumes.
You'll feel and look refreshed and are more likely to last past the witching hour.
WHETHER you are fishing for trout or salmon, that last period of daylight is the witching hour.
THE LADY IS A VAMP For lipcolour that will last right through the witching hour, you can't beat NARS Lipsticks, EUR24 each (department stores nationwide).
The cluster bookworms prepared for a two-day wait outside Waterstones in Piccadilly, Central London, until it and hundreds of other outlets across the country open at the witching hour of midnight tonight.
Those of you who stayed up past the witching hour will have been bitterly disappointed.