In Reply to: Re: At hour of high twelve posted by Smokey Stover on September 24, 2008 at 03:35:
: : I'd like to know the meaning of "at hour of high twelve".
: It would help to know where or how you heard this phrase, and it would help also to have the context in which you read or heard this, that is, the complete sentence or paragraph in which the phrase appears.
: Without a context to go on, I am reminded of "high noon." High noon can be thought of as when the sun is highest in the sky; or on the stroke of twelve o'clock, when the big hand and the little hand on the clock are both in their highest position.
: Is it possible that you are reading a translation from the English? High noon is a somewhat idiomatic expression, so its translation would not be equally easy for everyone.
In WW2 the RAF & USAAF had a way of identifying the position of enemy aircraft in the sky by using the sky as a clock face. There was a film, with Gregory Peck, called '12 o'clock high' which illustrates this.