high noon


Definition of high noon

1 : precisely noon
2 : the most advanced, flourishing, or creative stage or period the high noon of her career
3 : the time of a decisive confrontation or contest

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Examples of high noon in a Sentence

The duel was to take place at high noon. We are approaching high noon of the election campaign. the high noon of her career
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Recent Examples on the Web The variety show, slotted for its traditional start time of high noon April 3, will feature Attorney General Dana Nessel, former Detroit Lion Calvin Johnson, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and former Detroit Red Wing Darren McCarty. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Hash Bash to go digital again this year amid COVID-19, hosted by ex-Fox 2 anchor," 8 Mar. 2021 Photo Frame outwits the distracting glare of high noon. Rachel Wolfe, WSJ, "5 Reasons Digital Picture Frames are Finally Worth Buying," 15 Oct. 2020 At high noon this Wednesday, a not-so-new sheriff comes to D.C. as Joe Biden assumes the highest office in our land and becomes the 46th president of the United States. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what labor, business leaders see coming from the Biden administration," 16 Jan. 2021 But that won't be high noon for America's governing crisis. Star Tribune, "Geopolitical risks begin here at home," 8 Jan. 2021 The chess showdowns, in which players square off like gunslingers at high noon, are exhilarating. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, "Your move: ‘Queen’s Gambit’ offers viewers more than good chess," 24 Nov. 2020 Investing for income in this environment is like trying to squeeze water out of a fistful of sand at high noon in Death Valley. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "Your Cash Earns Zip, Zilch, Nada. Don’t Make It Worse.," 9 Oct. 2020 The auction will be held — fittingly — at high noon Eastern time. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "T. Boone Pickens estate hires Christie’s to sell Western masterpieces," 10 Sep. 2020 Isabel and her pals, Xavier Jaldin-Hartsough, 16, and his brother Roden, 12, had set up their folding table in front of the Glen Park BART Station at high noon on Saturday. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Hey mister, wanna buy a postage stamp?," 15 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of high noon

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“High noon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20noon. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of high noon

somewhat old-fashioned : exactly noon
: the time when a fight or contest will happen or be decided
: the most important or active time of something

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