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burn

verb blaze, blister, brand, burn to a cinder, burst into flame, catch fire, cauterize, char, conflagrate, consume, cremate, deflagrate, enkindle, fire, flame up, flare, gut, ignite, incandesce, incendiarize, incinerate, inflame, kindle, light up, melt, overheat, parch, relume, scald, scorch, scorify, sear, seethe, singe, sizzle, smelt, smolder, strike a light, vesicate
Associated concepts: arson, revocation of wills
See also: consume, deflagrate, destroy, efface, expend
References in periodicals archive ?
MANCHESTER UNITED were burning the midnight oil last night to ensure their pursuit of Dimitar Berbatov eventually ended in success.
Dubai: Picture the good ol' days - sneaking in late to a boring lecture, rushing to find seating at the back row of the lecture theatre, and burning the midnight oil in the 24-hour library.
It's been a struggle to complete this last report, and I admit I've spent too much time doing other things when I should have been burning the midnight oil.
I remember burning the midnight oil, swatting every text book until I could recite it word for word.
Artist Phil Daniels has been burning the midnight oil at Newcastle's Theatre Royal ( watched only by the ghosts.
Taking university courses is no longer merely an experience in burning the midnight oil.
And it doesn't appear that the pendulum will stop here, because farm groups supporting both sides of the country-of-origin labeling issue are burning the midnight oil, pleading their cases and garnering support.
The cause of the boys and girls burning the midnight oil was a quiz set by Cardiff Rugby Club in the match programme for the final game of the season against Llanelli.
Publishers may be burning the midnight oil to issue new textbooks with revised chapters on underwriting commercial risks now that the destruction of the World Trade Center has set traditional underwriting on its tail.
The MTA also seems incapable of keeping track of drivers who are burning the midnight oil at second jobs.
For nights on end, members of our database and Web development team did not go home to their families, but instead could be found burning the midnight oil to meet a deadline or sleeping on the floor of the office.
Just over half of men are paid for nights spent burning the midnight oil, compared with a third of women.