the wee hours (of the night/morning)

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the wee hours (of the night/morning)

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

The early hours of the morning right after midnight: "post-disco electronic rhythms that propel clubgoers into the wee hours" (Jon Pareles).
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Summary: Pune (Maharashtra) [India], Mar 14 (ANI): Two persons were killed in a massive fire that broke out in a factory in Maharashtra's Pune 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.
A gang of burglars burgled six shops situated on Gojra-Jhang Road here in wee hours of Monday.
KARACHI: An alleged robber was injured in apolice encounter in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of the city in the wee hours of Friday.
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.
KARACHI -- A private security guard was killed in an accidental gun fire in Malir area of the metropolis in the wee hours of Thursday.
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.
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!
Summary: An 18-year-old Arab girl was killed in a car accident in Fujairah in the wee hours of Friday after she sustained critical injuries when the vehicle she was travelling in flipped over and crashed into a mountain.
I wept my way through my first hearing of this as I nursed my firstborn son in the wee hours of the morning.
on November 8, and continuing into the wee hours of the morning teams from 42 of the city's most prestigious firms risk their reputations as they assemble structures using little more than cans, tape, and cardboard in their attempts to defy the laws of gravity while building true works of art.
Many an evening, I left the mayor long after midnight -- while he remained surrounded by staffers and a few other members of the delegation, talking about future plans and strategies for the city -- only to be awakened by a staffer's phone call in the wee hours of the morning that I needed to attend a last-minute-arranged 7 a.
If perhaps there is any part of this truly unique and engaging tale lacking, otherwise exquisitely written, then it is the episodes of Firmin's "lowlife" penchant to hang out at the old theatre, Rialto, into the wee hours of the night, sitting amongst drooling old lechers, even while openly acknowledging his own "perversions," and watching what he refers to as his "Lovelies.
The shenanigans that took place on the floor of the House in the wee hours of July 27/28 in respect to the CAFTA vote ("Vote-buying and Arm-twisting," August 22 issue) resemble the same kind of shenanigans that took place in the U.