三更燈火五更雞

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Chinese[edit]

midnight lights collectively the five watches of the night fowl; chicken
trad. (三更燈火五更雞) 三更 燈火 五更
simp. (三更灯火五更鸡) 三更 灯火 五更

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

三更燈火五更雞

  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