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English definition of “burn the candle at both ends”

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burn the candle at both ends

to work or do other things from early in the morning until late at night and so get very little rest
Translations of “burn the candle at both ends”
in Chinese (Traditional) 勞累過度…
in Chinese (Simplified) 劳累过度…
(Definition of burn the candle at both ends from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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