noun Informal.
something that lasts, is available, or is open for business throughout the night: The poker game turned into an all-nighter. Are any of the grocery stores all-nighters?
an act of staying up all night, as to study or finish a task: I had to pull an all-nighter to get the paper done on time.

1890–95; all night + -er1 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
all-nighter (ˌɔːlˈnaɪtə)
an entertainment, such as a pop concert or film screening, that lasts all night

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all-nighter definition

  1. n.
    something that lasts all night, like a party or study session. : After an all-nighter studying, I couldn't keep my eyes open for the test.
  2. n.
    a place of business that is open all night. : We stopped at an all-nighter for a cup of coffee.
  3. n.
    a person who often stays up all night. : I'm no all-nighter. I need my beauty sleep, for sure.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
So this will be yet another caffeine-fuelled all-nighter for many of the participants.
For example, if a student pulls an all-nighter and gets a good grade, it reinforces the behavior.
Sometimes it takes an all-nighter to find the answer.
Includes tips for avoiding laundry and for pulling an all-nighter.
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