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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I know of people who would work until the wee hours of the night and, yet, feel refreshed and upbeat in the morning because they love what they do.
Confirming the incident to newsmen, in the wee hours of the night, the Caretaker Chairman of the council area, Zanna Gubio said, the insurgents came in and had their evening prayers unchallenged at about 6:30 pm before razing down houses and public structures.
"I want [the public] to feel that they are safe to go out of the street even in the wee hours of the night," he said.
This, despite the fact, that production was destined to finish shooting until the wee hours of the night, or until dawn of the next day.
The politician, known to have deep pockets, assembled boda-boda riders and rode with them deep into the filthy sides of 'Kiaruben' slums where he treated them generously in the wee hours of the night. In what, perhaps, could suggest that the meeting was well planned with the endorsement from some senior security officers, a couple of other youths and civilian officers were stationed to keep vigil along major slum pathways to ward off any threat from opponents.
Similar operations in the wee hours of the night have been conducted by Eleazar, and by PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde when he was still head of the NCRPO.
The party went on until the wee hours of the night. Sadly, the girls had to return to their bedrooms through the same windows before the village rooster cried for the second time.
"So, we may have to do this in the wee hours of the night and reopen the road during the day," he said.
However, early Thursday morning, the party's tweets had stated that Musharraf was due to land in the wee hours of the night as"preparations [for his return] were in the last stages." The APML and Dr Amjad also thanked the chief justice of Pakistan for granting the former president the opportunity to return to the country.
However, early Thursday morning, the party's tweets had stated that Musharraf was due to land in the wee hours of the night as 'preparations [for his return] were in the last stages.'
In the wee hours of the night, the former defence minister might even dream of the Royal Navy's two supercarriers as Britain's enforcers in far-off oceans.
Up to eight quarts of smelt can be taken daily, and I can attest that you will be awake until the wee hours of the night to finish cleaning that many little fish.
Our conversations often continued, in full spirit, until the wee hours of the night, and I learned a great deal about life and literature from him.
A similar trend emerges for both discussions about one's sex life and unexpected late calls in the wee hours of the night.