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all hours (of the day and night)
1. A very late hour of the night or very early hour of the morning. You can't call her at all hours of the day and night—that's just rude. Johnny keeps taking the car and staying out till all hours, and I just don't know what to do anymore! Anyone coming home at all hours tries to be quiet—but it seems like everyone inevitably makes more noise when they're trying to be quiet!
2. All day and night. Is that pharmacy open all hours? I know it's 2 AM, but I just got out of the ER and need to fill a prescription. Luckily, we were able to find a diner that was open all hours after our flight got in at 1 AM. Now that I get done work at 9 PM, I really need to find a grocery store that I can go to at all hours.
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*all hours (of the day and night)
Fig. very late in the night or very early in the morning. (*Typically: until ~; till ~; at ~.) Why do you always stay out until all hours of the day and night? I like to stay out till all hours.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Irregular times, as in You can't come home at all hours and expect your supper to be ready. The expression can also mean "late at night," as in College students like to stay up talking until all hours. It is sometimes amplified into all hours of the day and night. [c. 1930]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.