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Fore-night

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fore-night The evening between twilight and bedtime.
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Usage

In literature:

It was to be hoisted on the fore stay that in case we should return at night we might know where to find her.
"The Mate of the Lily" by W. H. G. Kingston
Evvybody tried to out wuk de others, and if de job hadn't been finished 'fore night, dey kept right on at it by moonlight.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
On de night 'fore de first day of Jinuary we had a dance what lasts all night.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
Captain Cayo had charge of the prisoners, and the fore-cabin was locked every night before they went to their berths.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
I got everything ready in the pantry last night, 'fore I got word about the pork.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
During the fore part of the night a very severe rain storm visited us.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
I run away from him once, but he caught me fore night.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
They paid pap th' money last night, an' made 'im promise t' give possession 'fore t'morrow night.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
I 'low ther's li'ble to be work doin' 'fore this night's out.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
You got to be put under lock an' key 'fore this night is over.
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
Page; the night's gittin' chilly, and ye better put it on 'fore ye ketch cold.
"Uncle Terry" by Charles Clark Munn
There was no more sleep for me that night, after the fore-going.
"Adventures and Recollections" by Bill o'th' Hoylus End
Then we'd git these 'taters done 'fore night.
"Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
I'm lookin' for him 'fore night, by the way.
"The Sun Maid" by Evelyn Raymond
Well, guess I got to find this guy 'fore I make my blankets this night.
"The Way of the Strong" by Ridgwell Cullum
I tell un she'll foal' fore night; but 'e will 'ave it she won't.
"Mrs. Bindle" by Hebert Jenkins
Just sits 'fore th' fire and mopes from morn'n till night.
"Maid of the Mist" by John Oxenham
Four men stood guard in the fore part of the night and four in the after part.
"A Trip to California in 1853" by Washington Bailey
So there we be; an' as I say, it's lucky you boys ain't no older, or you might see trouble 'fore night.
"Dick Randall" by Ellery H. Clark
Let's have night-caps all round 'fore we turns in, eh?
"Mark Gildersleeve" by John S. Sauzade
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In poetry:

Athwart her track and across her bows
We raked her fore and aft,
And out of the fight and into the night
Drifted the beaten craft.
"The Constitution's Last Fight" by James Jeffrey Roche
O Plasmatour, that thou end not the night,
Nor take my beloved from my sight,
Nor I, nor tower-man, look on daylight,
'Fore God, How swift the night,
And day comes on.
"Langue D'Oc" by Ezra Pound
"Want to be whur mother is! Want to be whur mother is!"
Preacher guess'll pound all night on that old pulpit o' his;
'Pears to me some wimmin jest
Shows religious interest
Mostly 'fore their fambly's riz!
"Want to be whur mother is!"
"Want To Be Whur Mother Is" by James Whitcomb Riley