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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!
See also: both, burn, candle, end, of
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"I won't say that it was easy by any means, because I was dancing in the morning with the boys, and I would go straight to the ice with Gemma [Collins], and so I was burning both ends of the candle.
I won't say that it was easy by any means, because I was dancing in the morning with the boys, and I would go straight to the ice with Gemma [Collins] for Dancing on Ice, and so I was burning both ends of the candle.
Josh Smith scoffed at the notion that the Hawks are spending a little too much time burning both ends of the candle.
As fellow Total War addicts will no doubt agree, this is a game worth burning both ends of the candle for.
" According to scientists from Oxford,Cambridge, Harvard, Manchester and Surrey Universities, burning both ends of the candle, whether by choice or otherwise, should carry a government health warning.
If one half of the old routine looks the worse for wear, however, the other is in quite astonishingly good nick for a man who will be 56 in a few weeks and who, if we can believe what we read in the nationals, has been burning both ends of the candle with teenage fervour in recent months.