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one hour's sleep before midnight is worth two after

Sleep before midnight is more rejuvenating than sleep after midnight. The phrase encourages going to sleep at an early hour. No matter how often I tell my son that one hour's sleep before midnight is worth two after, he still stays up too late playing video games. I've really noticed a difference in the quality of my sleep since I started going to bed earlier. It must be true that one hour's sleep before midnight is worth two after!

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 The phrase refers to the outdated practice of using an oil lamp.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.
See also: burn, midnight, oil

on the stroke of (some specific time)

Exactly at a specific time, especially the very beginning of the hour. The store is opening its doors on the stroke of midnight for the Black Friday sale. If you're not home on the stroke of 11, you're grounded!
See also: of, on, specific, stroke

one minute to midnight

(At) the final moment before something happens or occurs. Tensions had been rising, with many assuming war was imminent, until a treaty was struck at one minute to midnight. Analysts are predicting that it is now one minute to midnight before another economic disaster.
See also: midnight, minute, one

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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one minute to midnight

the last moment or opportunity. informal
1998 New Scientist It's one minute to midnight for the discredited WHO.
See also: midnight, minute, one

burn the midnight ˈoil

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

on/at the ˌstroke of ˈeight, ˈmidnight, etc.

at exactly eight o’clock, midnight, etc: She gets to work at the stroke of nine every day.
See also: of, on, stroke

burn the midnight oil

To work or study very late at night.
See also: burn, midnight, oil

burn the midnight oil, to

To stay up late, studying or working. This expression, which may well be as old as the first oil lamp, appeared in English in the mid-seventeenth century. It has been traced to a poem by Francis Quarles (“Emblems,” 1635): “Wee spend our midday sweat, or midnight oyle; wee tyre the night in thought; the day in toyle.” A more recent example is found in David Baldacci’s Hour Game (2004): “You don’t want to burn the midnight oil too much; it’s bad for your complexion.”
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A 24-hour closure will effect the road between Gartleahill and Burns Crescent from midnight on February 7.
City Centre Deira visitors can shop until 12 midnight between May 16 and June 7, and until 1am from June 7 to June 17.
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Inter-city bus service will be operating as follows: Main stations such as Al Ghubaiba will be operating around the clock to Sharjah (Jubail) Station, while Abu Dhabi service will be running from 04:30 am up to 00:00 am (midnight).
The GST, which is slated to roll out on the midnight today, will bring the Indian economy under a single tax bracket.
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He shared the past experiences when the halls were closed by 12 midnight to elaborate his concern.
Non-guestlist entry before 11pm is [pounds sterling]4, [pounds sterling]5 before midnight and [pounds sterling]6 after midnight.
Poppy was Midnight's first love, but Poppy did not love Midnight.
Desperate to escape the intrigue and hostility of her sister's kremlin, Slava takes off on an expedition to the Midnight Land, the uninhabited, unmapped tundra on the Northern edge of Zem'.
Ed Psaltis and his Midnight Rambler crew have broken the spell cast by defending champion, Julian Farren-Price (About Time), beating him by one point to claim the major trophy in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia hosted Ocean Pointscore series--as Psaltis and his fellow owners bid farewell to sailing, selling Midnight Rambler to a Pittwater consortium.
This flurry of last-minute regulatory activity, identified as early as the final months of the Jimmy Carter administration, is known as the "midnight period." Midnight rules are so named because they are the result of an executive fully exercising its power to influence policy through regulation in a rush to beat the "stroke of midnight" on Inauguration Day, which removes its political power--like Cinderella's magic running out as she leaves the ball.
And today only, Mirror readers can get exclusive early access to their online sale until midnight tonight.
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The UK's biggest basketball competition -- Midnight Madness -- is coming to Newcastle as it continues its search for the best of British hoops.