pull an all-nighter


1. to stay awake all night






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pull an all-nighter to study

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To 'pull an all-nighter' means to stay up all night or very late in order to do, complete or finish something. This phrase is usually associated with students completing assignments or studying for exams but it can also be used to talk about staying up all night to do any kind of work. "The doctor found himself pulling another all-nighter in the hospital." "I had to pull an all-nighter to finish that assignment in time for today."

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  1. The students pulled an all-nighter to study for their exam scheduled the next day.
  2. He purposely drank five cups of coffee so he could pull an all-nighter to finish a project due in the morning.

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  1. It took many an all nighter as a small start-up but finally, we came up with the prototype for this life-saving device.
  2. Gone are the days of employees pulling all nighter to get projects finished in time. Today Silicon Valley values the restorative and cognitive benefits of sleep.

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