small hours

plural noun

Definition of small hours

: the early morning hours

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Then the great plan came crashing down, with Bloomberg News reporting in the small hours of Thursday that Fiat had withdrawn its offer., "Here’s how the $37-billion Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger went into the ditch," 6 June 2019 By day's end everyone in Santiago do Iguape is tucked in—the imposing Paraguaçu River ensures abundance to the fishermen who brave its mighty waters in the wee small hours. Stephanie Foden, National Geographic, "This Brazilian region is an African treasure on the other side of the Atlantic," 18 Mar. 2019 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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1717, in the meaning defined above

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