from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Continuing all through the night.
  • adjective Open all during the night.

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  • adjective Lasting throughout the whole night.


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  • It’s all a bit hysterical, as everyone is feeling the same sort of relief and trepidation, and most are muddle-headed as well from end-of-term all-night swotting.

    Dreaming of the Bones

  • In the Kalahari, an all-night dance feels like it will kill you because the spirit refuses to say no, always moving you, and shaking you all night until you feel like it is impossible to keep going.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • After getting the spirit in this old-school way, just like it happens in an all-night Kalahari Bushman dance, you can go to sleep filled with a vibration.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • A prayer vigil on the Circus Maximus, an all-night prayer session in downtown Rome churches and the beatification Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI top the agenda for the three-day event.

    As John Paul beatification nears, criticism mounts

  • After an all-night negotiating session, officials said that they had resolved key issues that had blocked implementation of a rebalancing program.

    G-20 measures aim to avert replay of global economic dive

  • The Democrats had intended to continue seeking unanimous consent agreements and thereby force Bunning to stay on the floor making an all-night filibuster last Thursday.

    Matthew Yglesias » Bunning Blockade Endgame

  • “Cinematic all-night conquests that make no sense.”

    The Adults

  • So we're having an all-night party here and taking Monday morning off.

    Cryptic crossword No 25,237

  • “Cinematic all-night conquests that make no sense.”

    The Adults

  • Then, on the morning of March 10, after an all-night Mass designed to coincide with the long-distance prayers of a charismatic Austrian priest, and in front of several witnesses, every one of her symptoms disappeared.

    A Mixed Blessing


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