burn the candle at both ends


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burn the candle at both ends

To exhaust yourself by doing too much, especially by staying up late when you have to get up early.
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ARIES March 21-April 20 Fun and romance are forecast for the end of this week, so take it easy and don't burn the candle at both ends.
We are willing to burn the candle at both ends to resolve standing issues," he said, noting that squabbles over the salary scale were between FPM Minister Elias Bou Saab and FPM MP Ibrahim Kanaan.
The B-side Getting Old Too Soon is a bit more straight-up rock, Stereophonics-style, as Steven's live, fast attitude demands, "So I burn the candle at both ends before they steal my fate.
if i didn't burn the candle at both ends, i'd have no life' Although she looks the innocent, it's apparent Holly is one tough cookie.
It was a life-changing moment and you learn you can't burn the candle at both ends.
In a race that's devoid of a front-running candidate, the December 08 whelp, who has been known to burn the candle at both ends, should be well positioned off the second corner and can then make full use of her middle gears to take a stranglehold on the contest.
Don't burn the candle at both ends or you could make superiors think that you are not interested in the new projects that are beginning to emerge and which could offer prime opportunities your way.
To find out more 0901 6093149 CAPRICORN (Dec 22/jan 20): Don't burn the candle at both ends or you could make superiors think that you are not interested in new projects emerging that could send prime opportunities your way.
The temptation was to burn the candle at both ends, for while we wanted to enjoy the night-time lights of Galway, we wanted to be up at a reasonable hour the following morning to try and see as much of the area as was humanly possible.
The growing tendency to burn the candle at both ends may be a significant contributor to the current epidemic of diabetes.
Never a president to burn the candle at both ends (he was finishing up a five-week vacation when Katrina hit), Bush probably recognized that in a political climate of bridges that go nowhere, golf games that never occur, and expensive disaster relief that never gets budgeted, planning for budget cuts would just be a wasted stroke.
She's a typical teenager and wants to burn the candle at both ends,'' said her mother, Teresa.