small hours

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Etymology[edit]

From the small number used to identify such hours (e.g. 1 o'clock, 2 o'clock).

Noun[edit]

small hours pl ‎(plural only)

  1. The very early morning, just after midnight, when most people are asleep.

Usage notes[edit]

Almost always used with the definite article (the small hours), or occasionally with a demonstrative adjective (these small hours, those small hours).

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