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I've been reading "David Copperfield / Charles Dickens", and I found a line which goes like this:

...these gifts are attached...to all unlucky infant of either gender, born towards the small hours on a Friday night.

Well, I know this phrase "the small hours" means "the midnight".
The question is, if this expression is commonly used these days.
It sounds quite literary to me.
So I wonder if you guys, native speakers, use it in a daily conversation or writings such as diaries.

Thank you. P.O.
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No, it isn't literary. One can use it in conversation, IMO.
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small hours

Function: noun plural

: hours of the early morning immediately following midnight -- used with the


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Parochial OrphanSo I wonder if you guys, native speakers, use it in a daily conversation or writings such as diaries.

Thank you. P.O.
Also expressed often as "wee hours of the morning".
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Hi,

Frank Sinatra sang a song called In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning.

Best wishes, Clive
Now, nowadays, a related (but different!) "happy hour(s)" may be more frequent, esp wrt barsEmotion: smile
Hi,

'Happy hour' in a bar usually refers to a specific period early in the evening. The bar serves cheap drinks in an offer to increase business at that time. eg Happy Hour 6pm to 7pm. Drinks 2-for-1.

The wee small hours is just a rather general phrase, for the period roughly after midnight.

Best wishes, Clive
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Right. Thank you all!
I've always assumed they were called that as they are the smallest numbers: 1am 2am 3am.
Nona The BritI've always assumed they were called that as they are the smallest numbers: 1am 2am 3am.
I've always thought the same Nona! (yep, we say "small hours" in Italy too)
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