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burn the mid·night oil

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  1. burn the midnight oilverb

    To work studiously, especially late into the night.

  2. Etymology: The etymology of this phrase is often erroneously attributed to poetry or writing. However, the phrase is actually said to have originated for Church use. In the Roman Catholic Church in particular, oil is used for anointing the sick, anointing those preparing to become Christians, and to consecrate those Ordained to the Priesthood or at Baptism. Each year, the Bishop of a Diocese blesses or consecrates these oils for use for the coming liturgical year on Holy Thursday. Thus, on Wednesday, the night before, any remaining oils from the previous year are burnt at Midnight, in anticipation for the new oils at the Chrism Mass of Holy Thursday morning.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of burn the midnight oil in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of burn the midnight oil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of burn the midnight oil in a Sentence

  1. Ahmed Omaar:

    Being a student is like someone behind the bars, only those who burn the midnight oil will get the certificate of freedom.

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