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burn the midnight oil

Fig. to stay up working, especially studying, late at night. (Alludes to working by the light of an oil lamp late in the night.) I have a big exam tomorrow so I'll be burning the midnight oil tonight. If you burn the midnight oil night after night, you'll probably become ill.
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burn the midnight oil

to work very late into the night I've got to get this report finished by tomorrow so I guess I'll be burning the midnight oil tonight.
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burn the midnight oil

Stay up late working or studying, as in The semester is almost over and we're all burning the midnight oil before exams. This expression alludes to the oil in oil lamps. [Early 1600s]
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burn the midnight oil

To work or study very late at night.
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that people all over the United States burned the midnight oil reading his otherwise unreadable books.
Publishers may be burning the midnight oil to issue new textbooks with revised chapters on underwriting commercial risks now that the destruction of the World Trade Center has set traditional underwriting on its tail.
The proverbial midnight oil burns more efficiently at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory thanks to its new table lamp designed for the home office.
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