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burn the midnight oil

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Definition


To stay up all night.

Context : Business, Education
Category: Metaphor
Semantic: awake

Usage of “burn the midnight oil”

  1. I have a 20-page paper due tomorrow, I'll be burning the midnight oil tonight for sure.

  2. The development team stayed back in the office nights and weekends and burned the midnight oil in an effort to meet the delivery date.

Examples of idiom “burn the midnight oil” from Twitter
  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'organizedlight'
    organizedlight:

    @chasejarvis I totally agree. You need to burn the midnight oil in order to reach excellence. Once again hard work over talent.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'biconcave'
    biconcave:

    doing history, have to do math later, planning to burn the midnight oil tonight, I've been too slack

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'courtlove85'
    courtlove85:

    About to take a nap and then burn the midnight oil!

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'sohhuiyenn'
    sohhuiyenn:

    Ohgawd I'm so sleepy. Got back from London at midnight yesterday and burned the midnight oil studying for the test today. #realface

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'IsaiahA'
    IsaiahA:

    burning the midnight oil (again).

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'BabyXluvs'
    BabyXluvs:

    Maybe i am gonna burn the midnight oil to finish my hmw.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'rahlwl'
    rahlwl:

    Now that I don't have to burn the midnight oil writing up my essay, I'm going to sleep! goodnight,byebye.