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    In the text below, what does "dead of the night" mean?

    Molly Winterich, a nurse at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, often hears parents question God, especially in the dead of the night, when fear runs rampant. They'll ask: " Why would God do this to an innocent child? " and " What did I do wrong? " Those questions, and the belief that their prayers somehow failed their children, can lead to self-reproach, despair and even physical decline.

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    Re: in the dead of the night

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    In the text below, what does "dead of the night" mean?

    Molly Winterich, a nurse at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, often hears parents question God, especially in the dead of the night, when fear runs rampant. They'll ask: " Why would God do this to an innocent child? " and " What did I do wrong? " Those questions, and the belief that their prayers somehow failed their children, can lead to self-reproach, despair and even physical decline.
    Hi! Firstly, according to the rules, I must specify that I am not an English teacher. My first language is Russian, I've been living in the US for 8 years and currently work for a local newspaper as a reporter.

    I think, the expression "dead of the night" means "the middle of the night", "midnight."
    The American idiom "dead center" means "the exact middle". Example, "The treasure was burried in the dead center of the island".
    So, I suppose, in this expression, the "dead" means the same.

    I would be interested to hear the opinion of a teacher or a native speaker -- if I am correct or not.
    Thank you.

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    Re: in the dead of the night

    It usually means the small hours [the hours after midnight - usually 2.00am to 4.00am] or deep into the night, the time when little is moving. Death often occurs at this time, as in terms of the circadian rhythm, the body is in a trough at that time.

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