Burn the Midnight Oil

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To work overnight, work or study till late night

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  • In the old days, when the oil lamps were used to illuminate the room, people used to sleep earlier than people sleep these days. If anyone burned the midnight oil (illuminated the lamp till late night) in those days, it meant he/she worked hard overnight. 
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Fazy is a hard worker; she burns the midnight oil to support her family.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Burn the Midnight Oil':

burn the midnight oilTo work studiously, especially late into the night.
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