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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 The phrase refers to the outdated practice of using an oil lamp.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

Exactly at a specific hour. ("Of" is followed by that time.) 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, stroke

one minute to midnight

(At) the final moment before something happens or occurs. Tensions had been rising between the country, 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.
See also: burn, midnight, oil

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]
See also: burn, midnight, oil

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.
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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.
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
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We are very pleased to welcome Midnight Sun as our first Canadian-based travel supplier," remarked Bill Guerin, chairman and chief executive officer.
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