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plural noun

hours after midnight; early morning hours: We danced into the small hours.

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Origin of small hours

First recorded in 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for small hours

small hours

pl n

the small hours the early hours of the morning, after midnight and before dawn
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Idioms and Phrases with small hours

small hours

Also, wee hours. The hours following midnight, as in I stayed up working through the small hours, or The parents didn't come home until the wee hours. The adjectives small and wee both refer to the low numbers of those hours (one o'clock, two o'clock, etc.). [c. 1830]

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