English Language

Idioms – Level 3

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We’ll be burning the midnight oil.
That would be inadvisable.
Excuse me? If you attempt to ignite petroleum on this ship at 0000 hours, you will activate the fire-suppression system.
That was just an expression.
Expression of what? A figure of speech. I was trying to tell him that we’d be working late. “To burn the midnight oil” implies late work? That’s right.

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