small hours

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the small hours (of the night/morning)

The very early hours after midnight. I was studying for the exam until the small hours of the morning, and now I can barely keep my eyes open! We all danced until the small hours of the night. I love the small hours, when few are awake and one can be alone with one's thoughts.
See also: hour, night, small

small hours

Also, wee hours. The hours following midnight, as in I stayed up working through the small hours, or The parents didn't come home until the wee hours. The adjectives small and wee both refer to the low numbers of those hours (one o'clock, two o'clock, etc.). [c. 1830]
See also: hour, small

the ˈsmall/ˈearly hours

(also the wee (small) ˈhours) the period of time very early in the morning, soon after midnight: He died in the early hours of Saturday morning.We stayed up talking into the small hours.
See also: early, hour, small
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Runcorn's finest Nicola Roberts has been holed up and partying into the wee small hours in Las Vegas in honour of her pal Cheryl Cole's 30th birthday.
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If it had happened in the wee small hours things could have been quite different.
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The two children died and their father was wounded in the wee small hours of the morning because of the heavy rain which ravaged their house in central Kirkuk," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
In the small hours Sunday, she was transported to a hospital in the St.
According to the spokesman, police killed the man near the settlement of Chanurbe in the small hours on Tuesday, when he offered armed resistance.
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Summary: Coalition MPs have tweeted their frustration at Labour for using delaying tactics to keep the Commons sitting into the small hours.
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David Laux, divisional director of highways and transportation, said: "We've been planning for this spate of bad weather since late last week, so when the heavy snow started in the small hours of Monday morning, we were already out in force.
The members'-only bar and restaurant for 100 people would open at 9am for breakfast and serve food in the evening, before the party continued into the small hours.
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