midnight oil


see burn the midnight oil.

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“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”
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Example sentences from the Web for midnight oil

  • There are two varieties of college students—the midnight-oil and the natural-gas kind; and Petey was a whole gas well in himself.

    At Good Old Siwash|George Fitch
  • The days were all too short, and soon the midnight-oil began to burn.

    Poppy|Cynthia Stockley