the early hours (of the night/morning)

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the early hours (of the night/morning)

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