burn both ends of the candle(redirected from burned both ends of the candle)
burn both ends of the candle
To overwork or exhaust oneself by doing too much of something or too many different things, especially by staying up late and getting up early to do so. Oh, Denise is definitely burning both ends of the candle—she's been getting to the office early and staying very late to work on some big project. You've got to stop burning both ends of the candle like this, or you're going to drive yourself to an early grave!