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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
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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.
As the weeks turn into days for his appointment with Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang on June 12, Kim Dae Jung will probably have to keep on burning the midnight oil in order to size up one the world's most reclusive leaders.
Emergencies withstanding, fight the temptation to call an employee burning the midnight oil at the office while you're on your way home.
POLITICIANS in Northern Ireland were burning the midnight oil last night - trying to save the peace process.
NEW YORK--Orian Rugs has been burning the midnight oil in its design department.
I write when I can, usually burning the midnight oil.
AFTER much haggling and a night of burning the midnight oil, politicians finally revealed yesterday how they plan to move the country out of its slump.
Press officer George Jones said: "The Engineering Department is currently burning the midnight oil to ensure that the popular Foxcote Manor is complete and in action during this gala occasion.
THEY'RE going to be burning the midnight oil at Marketing Birmingham as a result of a Mail headline which said: "pounds 18 million to make Brum popular".
l Every student should set up a model question paper of his own and should be able to answer them at the outset as this is the best practice instead of burning the midnight oil.
Instead of burning the midnight oil studying for many years, I should have joined Kirklees Council on a certain part-time basis.
BURNING the midnight oil, caring for a young baby, disturbed sleep patterns - whatever the reason for not getting the recommended eight hours sleep, at least your skin can get a helping hand the next day.