small hours

plural noun

Definition of small hours 

: the early morning hours

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To sip strong aromatic coffee from midnight to the small hours always brings something interesting to the page. Deborah Levy, The Cut, "The Cost of Living," 1 July 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW Those days seemed far away in the wee small hours of Thursday morning. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Saldaña and Brockhouse engage in email spat over smuggling incident," 11 Jan. 2018 There was once in New York, not all that long ago, but certainly no longer, power tables fully occupied in the wee small hours of every morning in great saloons throughout our fair city. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "Now That The Four Seasons Is Closing, Where Will the Power Lunch Crowd Go Next?," 26 July 2015

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First Known Use of small hours

1717, in the meaning defined above

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