- something that lasts, is available, or is open for business throughout the night: The poker game turned into an all-nighter. Are any of the grocery stores all-nighters?
- an act of staying up all night, as to study or finish a task: I had to pull an all-nighter to get the paper done on time.
Origin of all-nighter
1890–95; all night + -er1
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Examples from the Web for all-nighter
Without thinking twice, she remembers, Boyah would agree to work a weekend, pull an all-nighter, or travel a great distance.Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope
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It was April 3, 2012, and Michael Slaby was pulling his second all-nighter in a row.Why HealthCare.gov, the Obamacare Website, Doesn’t Work
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This seemed to augur the perfect result, close enough for some drama but with enough separation to avoid an all-nighter.Super Tuesday Surprises: Catholics for Romney, Women for Santorum, and More
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You've been married thirteen years, and I suppose Lyster has always been what he calls an all-nighter.Ancestors
- an entertainment, such as a pop concert or film screening, that lasts all night
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