dead time

1) The hours of darkness, when work was at a standstill and people would be asleep.

1656 two Hovingham yeomen for riotously ringing the bells in Hovingham Church att the dead time of the night

1671 had his lath broaken into ... in the dead time of the night, Lightcliffe.

dates 1656 1671

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