What is the origin of the phrase "burning the candle...

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Question: What is the origin of the phrase “burning the candle at both ends”?

Answer: That phrase was coined by the American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay in 1920. It comes from her poem “First Fig”: “My candle burns at both ends; / It will not last the night; / But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends– / It gives a lovely light!”