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in or during any or every :
He slept late and worked afternoons.
the time from until evening.
the latter part:
the afternoon of life.
pertaining to the latter part of the day.
Contemporary Examples

But in the next instant, all the other timepieces ticked on into the first of the sunny afternoons the boy will never see.
A Boston Child Is Cut Down by an Attacker’s Bomb Michael Daly April 16, 2013

Did you know of any coach who had time to play racquetball and football in the afternoons?
Jerry Sandusky Trial, Day Five: Sandusky’s Defense Flails Diane Dimond June 17, 2012

Certain pearl-gray days in summer, or autumn afternoons under enormous Poussin skies, convince me I belong here.
How I Write: John Banville on ‘Ancient Light,’ Nabokov, and Dublin Noah Charney October 2, 2012

Only in Italy, where many things are closed in the afternoons, are we forced on occasion to change this routine.
How I Write: Stephen Greenblatt, Pulitzer Winner of ‘The Swerve’ Noah Charney September 18, 2012

I spend my afternoons reading and exercising or going for walks.
How I Write: Paul Lynch Noah Charney December 17, 2013

Historical Examples

“I find it interferes with my work, afternoons,” said Perner.
The Bread Line Albert Bigelow Paine

The afternoons invite us to a further flight upon the water.
New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds

Here Brandon and I often went, afternoons, to read, as we were sure to be undisturbed.
When Knighthood Was in Flower Charles Major

It was the beginning of another of those long, tedious afternoons.
IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris

Advertiser will expect to receive her own friends on the afternoons of not less than three days in each week.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 93, October 29, 1887 Various

(informal) during the afternoon, esp regularly

the period of the day between noon and evening
(as modifier): afternoon tea

a middle or later part: the afternoon of life

c.1300, from after + noon. In 15c.-16c., the form was at afternoon; from c.1600 it has been in the afternoon. Middle English also had aftermete “afternoon, part of the day following the noon meal,” mid-14c.


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