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It is more of an older phrase and would be used more in writing than in speaking. Usually, it is used in love letters and poems, etc. For example, "朝夕相處"

A girl could tell her boyfriend with anger,

我與你朝夕相處, 你對我的認識還不及他那個外人呢!

I am with you daily. (However,) Your knowledge of me could not even match him, a stranger!

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It can mean either a very short time, or all the time, depending on the context.

For example, 朝夕相對 means to be together all the time.

But in Mao Zedong's poem, "一萬年太久,只爭朝夕 ", or in the phrases/chengyu "拾"/"改", it means a short period of time.

It is not as commonly used as terms like apple, tea, etc, but it is in many people's vocabulary.

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