Idioms for midnight
OTHER WORDS FROM midnightmid·night·ly, adjective, adverbpost·mid·night, adjectivepre·mid·night, noun
Words nearby midnight
Definition for burn the midnight oil (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), burned or burnt, burn·ing.
- to undergo combustion, either fast or slow; oxidize.
- to undergo fission or fusion.
verb (used with object), burned or burnt, burn·ing.
- to cease functioning because something has been exhausted or burned up, as fuel or a filament: Our light bulbs burned out.
- to deprive of a place to live, work, etc., by reason of fire: They were burned out and had to live with relatives.
- to wear out; exhaust; be worn out; become exhausted.
- to burn completely or utterly: The papers burned up in a minute.
- Informal. to become angry: He burns up at the mention of her name.
Origin of burn1
synonym study for burn
OTHER WORDS FROM burn
British Dictionary definitions for burn the midnight oil (1 of 3)
- the middle of the night; 12 o'clock at night
- (as modifier)the midnight hour
Derived forms of midnightmidnightly, adjective, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for burn the midnight oil (2 of 3)
verb burns, burning, burnt or burned
Word Origin for burn
British Dictionary definitions for burn the midnight oil (3 of 3)
Word Origin for burn
Medical definitions for burn the midnight oil
Scientific definitions for burn the midnight oil
Cultural definitions for burn the midnight oil
To stay awake late at night to work or study: “Jill has been burning the midnight oil lately; I guess she has a big exam coming up.”
Idioms and Phrases with burn the midnight oil (1 of 2)
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]
Idioms and Phrases with burn the midnight oil (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with burn
- burn at the stake
- burn down
- burned up
- burn in effigy
- burning question
- burn into
- burn off
- burn one's bridges
- burn oneself out
- burn one's fingers
- burn out
- burn rubber
- burn someone up
- burn the candle at both ends
- burn the midnight oil
- burn to a cinder
- burn up
- crash and burn
- ears are burning
- fiddle while Rome burns
- (burn) in effigy
- money burns a hole in one's pocket
- money to burn
- slow burn