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improve the shining hour

old-fashioned To maximize one's productivity; to make the most of one's time. This notion that children should at all times strive to improve the shining hour—foregoing play and rest in the name of education and work—means many children are being deprived of childhood itself.
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improve (up)on something

to make something better. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) Do you really think you can improve upon this song? No one can improve on my favorite melody.
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improve on

Make beneficial additions or changes to, as in The company is trying to improve on the previous model. [Late 1600s]
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improve the shining hour

make good use of time; make the most of your time. literary
This expression comes from Isaac Watts's Divine Songs for Children ( 1715 ): ‘How doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour’.
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improve on

or improve upon
v.
To make beneficial additions or changes to something; make something better: We can improve on this room by painting it. I improved upon the recipe by adding more spices.
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This lesson scenario shows that the success of symmetric knowledge advancement depends very much on the pattern of improvable ideas.
Claiming that the world is improvable and claiming that it is optimal both alike require a standard of assessment.
the imago mundi), generally considered to be fallen into decay or simply deficient, but improvable.
DAVID JOSELIT: Jenner actually demonstrates one sort of problem with the neoliberal focus on the self as an infinitely malleable and improvable object.
If service delivery were felt to be improvable through economies of scale, the local councils would form themselves voluntarily into one or more communautes de communes, administered by a joint council, but without abandoning their separate existences and identities.
For example, even though we have some important tourism infrastructures, our ICT infrastructures are clearly improvable.
The financing of EU's bilateral aid is moderately progressive, but it is discretional, it does not fulfil the 0,7% international aid target, and it is improvable in terms of "distributive justice".
Initializing FPSO with population size, inertia weight and creations without improvable.
Whereas software and computer companies have learned to release "beta" versions of their wares--knowingly imperfect but intentionally improvable products--the development of the F-35 has been slowed at every stage by intrusive bureaucracy and insufficient funding.
creation of the risk management performance measurement processes, administration of external or internal reports and improvable processes,
Thus, we verified the improvable potential and the realistic objectives among these 7 preventable risk factors.
Otherwise the system contains improvable clauses (clauses which can neither be proved nor disproved by means of the system itself), and is called incomplete.
These stakeholders accepted that this was something that was difficult to achieve universal approval for, but appreciated the opportunity to flag as an improving and improvable facet of their relationship with the Reserve Bank.
Assisting taskforce to improve their performance, developing and empowering the staffs in their career, using staffs' opinion in improving the organization, staffs participating and their encouraging, gathering information to compensate personnel's services and discovering the improvable points and planning to improve them [9].
when improvable reason is allowed to be the dignified distinction which raises men above the brute creation" (2-3).