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burn the midnight oil

To stay up late working on a project or task. The phrase refers to the outdated practice of using an oil lamp. Denise has been burning the midnight oil trying to finish this report, so she must be exhausted. I'll need to burn the midnight oil to have any chance of finishing this paper before class tomorrow morning.
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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

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

If you burn the midnight oil, you stay up very late at night in order to finish a piece of work. He's been burning the midnight oil getting his article written. The truth is, I haven't been sleeping all that much lately. Burning the midnight oil. Note: The image here is of someone working late into the night by the light of an oil lamp.
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burn the midnight oil

read or work late into the night.
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burn the midnight ˈoil

work or study until very late at night: Before my exams, I was burning the midnight oil every night.
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burn the midnight oil

To work or study very late at night.
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Today, Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett is the Minister for Education.
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He set out on his vessel, Midnight Oil - a converted ship's lifeboat - from Milford Haven on Saturday morning.
Labor's environment spokesman, Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett, has promised to resist new mining, but with an election around the corner and Rudd's party enjoying a rare lead in the polls, no one foresees the leader losing the battle.
WALSALL striker Hector Sam has promised boss Richard Money he will not be burning the midnight oil watching cricket's World Cup.
Taking university courses is no longer merely an experience in burning the midnight oil.
James MacKenzie, Tesco senior beer buying manager, said: "Hundreds of brewers burn the midnight oil for The Tesco Beer Challenge and the prize of a national listing is much sought after.
And it doesn't appear that the pendulum will stop here, because farm groups supporting both sides of the country-of-origin labeling issue are burning the midnight oil, pleading their cases and garnering support.
The drummer for the rock group Midnight Oil - Rob Hirst - has written a book which includes a first hand description of US citizens coping with the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks.
Rande Gerber's Midnight Oil Company, the country's premier nightlife organization, announced the development of a 5,500-SF bar/lounge to be located in the AOL Time Warner Center, the landmark development scheduled to open in the Fall 2003 at Columbus Circle.
that people all over the United States burned the midnight oil reading his otherwise unreadable books.