the small hours

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the small hours (of the night/morning)

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

the small hours (of the night)

 and the wee hours (of the night)
the hours immediately after midnight. The dance went on into the small hours of the night. Jim goes to bed in the wee hours and gets up at lunchtime.
See also: hour, small

the small hours

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the wee hours

COMMON The small hours or the wee hours is the time from one o'clock in the morning until about five or six o'clock in the morning. They were arrested in the small hours of Saturday morning. That first night back, Jennifer and I sat up in bed talking into the wee hours.
See also: hour, small

the (wee) small hours

the early hours of the morning immediately after midnight.
See also: hour, small

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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Summary: Palghar (Maharashtra) [India], Mar 14 (ANI): A massive fire broke in a three-story residential building cum shopping complex in Kasa taluka area of Maharashtra's Palghar district in the wee hours of Wednesday.
ISLAMABAD -- Different cities of the country, including Lahore, received light rain in the wee hours of Friday which turned the weather cold and brought the mercury down.
RATODERO -- A son killed his step-mother and a man over alleged illicity relations here in the wee hours of Saturday.
KARACHI: An alleged robber was injured in apolice encounter in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of the city in the wee hours of Friday.
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Robbers broke into a local silver shop through a sewer tunnel and stole P10 million worth of silver jewelries and cash at the Mines View Park during the wee hours of the weekend, a police report showed.
MULTAN -- Two unidentified armed persons shot at and injured Salim Attari, the spokesperson for Dawat-e-Islami here in the wee hours of Monday.
KOHAT -- A house collapsed due to a blast caused by gas leak, causing burn injuries to five people, including two children, in Togh Bala area in the wee hours on Saturday.
They both pleaded not guilty to killing Mr Mwangi in the wee hours of August 9 at Dawat Apartments in Ongata Rongai.
RAJANPUR -- An infant was suffocated to death and four other members of the family fainted after gas filled in their room due to coal burning at Theeri Colony in the wee hours of Friday.
Delhi Traffic Police in its overnight drive that ended in the wee hours on Saturday issued 1,774 challans to traffic rule violators and seized close to 200 vehicles.
Yep, before there was a Cara, there was Kate Moss, and Harry was just spotted partying with her until the wee hours of the morning!
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I wept my way through my first hearing of this as I nursed my firstborn son in the wee hours of the morning.