watch night

noun

Definition of watch night 

: a devotional service lasting until after midnight especially on New Year's Eve

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Nguyen’s husband, Hung Le, mixes drinks for guests who sit outside watching night fall over the quiet town. Tom Downey, WSJ, "A Vietnamese Island Group Unspoiled by Tourism," 30 July 2017 Kevin Graves, 18, likes online courses largely for the same reasons as his administrators: The courses are more entertaining than watching night-school videos, and there’s more freedom, too. Stephen Smiley, Slate Magazine, "What class is like for the millions of high-schoolers now taking courses online.," 23 May 2017

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1742, in the meaning defined above

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