all hours

Main Entry:  all hours
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  See all-hours
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all hours

Irregular times, as in You can't come home at all hours and expect your supper to be ready. The expression can also mean "late at night," as in College students like to stay up talking until all hours. It is sometimes amplified into all hours of the day and night. [c. 1930]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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