Is it grammatically correct and idiomatic to use the word towards with a specific time frame in order to mention an unidentified time as the following example?

I woke up towards noon ( it can be some time between 10:30 am and 11 am) and after doing some chores I went to do some shopping towards the evening ( it could any time after 4 pm )

  • This can easily be looked up.
    – Lambie
    Jan 4, 2020 at 21:51

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This seems reasonable to me, and I can find examples on google books of exactly this use.

The prince woke towards noon with Thalia's evocative touches.... (source)

It seems reasonable in that kind of style of writing. I'd try to avoid overusing this pattern. Perhaps its okay to say "I woke towards noon", but then I'd try to rephrase the second sentence as "I went to do some shopping in the late afternoon" (or something similar).

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