Idiom of the Week: “Burn the Midnight Oil”


Hello and welcome to the first Idiom of the Week of 2015! I am so glad to get back into the routine of posting these little features here at My TEFL Adventures – it is becoming a wonderful habit. I am currently blogging about ‘habit’ on my personal blog – The Writing Rants… – I am taking part in the NaBloPoMo writing event. However; that has nothing to do with this week’s idiom…I have also been doing some crafting and I have been working a little late into the night.

This week’s idiom is about how people burn the midnight oil.

Picture from kittehkatbar at Deviantart

The meaning is “to stay up working, especially studying, late at night”


I have a big exam tomorrow so I’ll be burning the midnight oil tonight.

If you burn the midnight oil night after night, you’ll probably become ill.

History: Many people would have been working by the light of an oil lamp late in the night; as there would have not been any electricity like our lucky selves today.