Definition of burn the candle at both ends in English:

burn the candle at both ends

phrase

  • Go to bed late and get up early.

    • ‘Because I am currently burning the candle at both ends, got home and made my bread, left it to rise, and made my Moroccan dried fruit salad.’
    • ‘So, and - I just realized recently that I am burning the candle at both ends and it's very difficult and I am going to take a little bit of time off.’
    • ‘I haven't heard the final mixes yet as we decided against burning the candle at both ends, but it was pretty clear that the big star of the day turned out to be the Francoise song.’
    • ‘I had been burning the candle at both ends, I hadn't slept well all term.’
    • ‘All week I've been burning the candle at both ends: by day, taking care of the kids and preparing for a workshop I was to teach, and by night, playing four-hour shows at a casino with my band.’
    • ‘And burnout came up in multiple sessions - we were warned that constantly burning the candle at both ends would leave us frustrated, unhappy and ineffective.’
    • ‘Then again, it may be that he associates the night-time feel of lightbulbs with those early, art student days of burning the candle at both ends and wallowing in the newness of creativity.’
    • ‘I've been burning the candle at both ends since at least early summer, and it's time to take a breather.’
    • ‘In my mad attempt to get everything done I had been burning the candle at both ends, staying up too late and getting up too early.’
    • ‘A few of Celtic's players also looked like they had been burning the candle at both ends, despite a preceding midweek for once devoid of a fixture.’