Burning the candle at both ends

Idiom

Burning the candle at both ends

Definition

Used to describe a person who is overworking themselves, often to the point of exhaustion.

Examples

He’s been burning the candle at both ends, trying to finish all his projects on time,

If you keep burning the candle at both ends, you’ll eventually burn out.

Origin

Believed to come from the idea of a candle burning from both ends and lasting half as long as it normally would.

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