To burn the midnight oil


Also found in: Idioms.
to study or work late at night.

See also: Oil

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Islamabad needs to burn the midnight oil to educate foreign investors on the benefits of doing business with Pakistan.
He said that change had been introduced to ensure a bright future of the public and the government would have to burn the midnight oil to transform the country.
'This approach provides some incentive for students to study harder,' he says, and adds that 'scholarship should be for scholars, those willing to burn the midnight oil.'
They said they were ready and willing to burn the midnight oil to negotiate and arrive at a counter offer within the shortest period.
The people cannot be served through lipserve and has to burn the midnight oil to achieve the target' he said while talking to his party leaders.
Solicitors and barristers are likely to burn the midnight oil, with 81% of deliveries to offices happening dinner time.
But I've warned Geezer not to burn the midnight oil too often - or he'll be too tired for the gigs!" There could, however, be a headache ahead.
MANCHESTER United got ready to burn the midnight oil last night to ensure their pursuit of Dimitar Berbatov eventually ended in success.
SCOTS golf fans will have to burn the midnight oil to follow the fortunes of the country's only two representatives when the US Open starts on Thursday.
The Lib Dems have no majority on the council and so the only way forward is for councillors to burn the midnight oil and thrash out a budget that is acceptable.