三更灯火五更鸡

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Chinese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Literally: by candle-light at the third watch, up with the chickens at the fifth watch

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

三更灯火五更鸡

  1. to burn the midnight oil, only to get up at the crack of dawn
  2. to work long hours
  3. to burn one's candle at both ends