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oil it

slang To work or study into the very late hours of the night or the very early hours of the next morning. An adaptation of the phrase "burn the midnight oil," which means the same. I tend not to spend too much time studying for exams, typically just oiling it the night before instead. If you keep oiling it this way, you're going to end up digging yourself an early grave!
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oil it

tv. to study all night. (Literally, burn the midnight oil.) I have a test tomorrow, and I really have to oil it tonight.
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