burn the candle at both ends

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burn the candle at both ends (third-person singular simple present burns the candle at both ends, present participle burning the candle at both ends, simple past and past participle burned the candle at both ends or burnt the candle at both ends)

  1. (idiomatic) To work hard night and day.
  2. To waste something in two directions at once.

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