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[awl-nahy-ter] /ˈɔlˈnaɪ tər/
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.
Origin of all-nighter
1890-95; all night + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for all-nighter


an entertainment, such as a pop concert or film screening, that lasts all night
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pull an all-nighter

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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