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The meaning of "burn the midnight oil"

" Burn the midnight oil "
To work late into the night.
Sorry, I can't come to the pub. This report's due at 9am and I'll need to burn the midnight oil if I am going to get it finished.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, 17th century.
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