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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After the match I remember seeing all the fans in the fountain, going back to Farsat and partying until the wee small hours.
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Armed with unflinching courage for the country's defence, Shaheed Muhammed Asif along with other personnel of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) warded off terrorists' attack on Kamra's Minhas airbase in the small hours of Thursday.
8-magnitude jolt which hit the region in the small hours of May 22.
In the small hours today an earlier quake struck Simeuleu also in Nangroe Aceh Darussalam but with a lower magnitude of 5.
The station had its own swimming pool and, in the wee small hours, Ross would record part of his show and we'd go for a swim, with only a transistor radio at the side of the pool to ensure the show was still being broadcast.
Here he comes again knocking at my door Having told him many times not to call anymore He ignores my plea and year after year Turns up like he actually enjoys seeing fear It's not only me he chooses as prey His victims are countless each and every day Waiting in the small hours to pounce and give fright As certain as daytime follows the night No-one escapes him his labour not done Till he audits his book with a big number one He then makes the grand total and slips quietly away Returning the next year for another birthday He's old Father Time need I say any more Here he is again knocking at my door.
I cannot find enough words to express my thanks to the crew members for their prompt action during the small hours, and their visit to me an 83 year old widower during the day.
The jellyfish-shaped object, circled, was photographed above Castle Hill from her Longwood home in the small hours of August 3.
For all it was a very long day which, for many, went on well into the small hours.
Quick Response forces managed on the wee small hours of Thursday morning (April 15) to arrest Haydar Hassan, chairman of al-Suweira municipality council, and his deputy Mohammad Maseer in north of Kut," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
THE Lady Boys of Bangkok getting into a taxi, in all their refinery, outside the Theatre Royal in the wee small hours.
Well how about, Inshopnia: A disorder which makes you purchase items off the Internet in the wee small hours, due to insomnia.
SEVERAL members of England's World Cup squad were yesterday fined for staying in a nightclub until the small hours of the morning after Friday's defeat to New Zealand.
As recently as last Saturday I could hear rockets exploding in the small hours.
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